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Community media and armed violence in Mexico is topic of March 5 presentation

February 25th, 2013

In 2011, the state of Veracruz, Mexico, became one of the 10 most dangerous places in the world for journalists, according to Reporters Without Borders. Drug-related violence in Mexico moved from the Northern states to the South, and Veracruz, which had been a relatively peaceful state, witnessed the arrival of armed violence. In a matter of months, street shootings, kidnappings, and the militarization of cities and roads became the norm. Mainstream media were censored by the state governor, and journalists who did not follow official guidelines were harassed or left the state.

In an upcoming lecture, Antoni Castells-Talens, a researcher at Universidad Veracruzana, will explore how Veracruz's community media were forced to learn new ways to operate in this violent atmosphere. His presentation, “Community media and armed violence in Mexico: Challenges and dilemmas in the State of Veracruz,” will take place Tuesday, March 5, from 4-5 p.m. in 203 Becker Communication Studies Building.

Castells-Talens conducts research on indigenous and community media and on everyday forms of nationalism and state formation in Mexico. He is a tenured researcher at Universidad Veracruzana's Centro de Estudios de la Cultura y la Comunicación, and a member of Mexico's Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI).

This lecture is part of the Latin American Studies Seminar and is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program in International Programs. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Joy Hayes at or 319-353-2265.

See the event poster