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Making a different journalism possible.

New media offers an opportunity for critical journalism which is not possible in the traditional media environment in Mexico and the majority of the Central American countries. A new media tool could for example offer the possibility to publish anonymously etc. A more reflective and investigative journalism would be achievable which is neither led by the interests of those in power of the traditional media nor by other predominant power structures. This could also counter the trend of sensationalized and pro-repression reporting which plays an important role regarding violence perception and is harming society.

PODER seems to be a project aiming at these goals. A next step would be to contact PODER. However before doing so, we need to think about you is really interest in this topic for a project like this requires actually a whole project team.

Speech by Alejandro Junco de la Vega, president of Grupo Reforma, on the challenges of the Mexican press: Click here

Overview of PODER


Problems Faced by Journalists in Mexico


Project Proposal

politico-style project
(Link to eGovernment Projects on the wiki)

Reporting Controversy

Is New Media Causing Violence?

New Media inciting violence
Sexual harassment using cell phones:

Using new media to repress activists: ex of tracking and arresting bloggers

I found this website that promotes human rights, democracy and social justice in Latin America. It has some good information on the drug issue and violence going on in Mexico along with other countries in Latin America. I thought it might be a helpful resource.

Supporting Journalists and Human Rights Campaigners

internal link to PODER project proposal

Activists under attack: in Guatemala the son of a prominent activist was killed. His assassination was denounced by Human Rights Watch.Multiple international NGOs organise "accompagniers" to attempt to protect activists.

DigiActive: "a world of digital activism"
Site provides an introduction and training support in how to use online media for advocacy

Activism and New Media in Guatemala: the case of Rodrigo Rosenberg

basically: Youtube video of lawyer predicting his own death at hands of the government ==> mass protests, also publicised with new media. Still developing

Video at :

Protests are taking place today in Guatemala City to demand justice for an attorney who was assassinated on Sunday, and who claimed in a posthumously released YouTube video taped before his death that if he were to die, it would be at the orders of Guatemalan president Álvaro Colom.
Quick background: The slain attorney, Rodrigo Rosenberg, represented a man who refused to take an assigment by Guatemala's president to serve on the board of a bank widely known as a money laundering hub and a shelter for narcotrafficking spoils. This whistleblower client of Rosenberg, Khalil Musa, was assassinated in March. On Sunday, after reportedly refusing to participate in the corruption and the coverup, Rosenberg himself was assassinated.
Protesters are at the presidential palace today. Libertópolis is streaming the action on, as I type, though the stream is going on and off as armed military police swarm in.
Twitter users are marking conversations about today's protests, and about the case in general, with the hashtag #escandalogt. To take this sort of public action in Guatemala is not something one does lightly, and the young people at the center of these protests are placing their lives at risk.
I'm seeing some Guatemalan Twitterers spreading word that "chicken bus" drivers will gather tomorrow in the capital for another round of protests. Why? These sametransportistas have long been the target of ever-escalating assasinations and extortion from narco gangs. The same corruption Rosenberg and Musa attempted to expose fuels this cycle of violence.
I don't have factual confirmation, but Guatemalan BB readers and Twitterers are saying that coverage of this story on the Guatemalan television networks is actively censored by the state (and that the recently declared "swine flu emergency" in a country with only 3 confirmed H1N1 cases was little more than a thinly disguised attempt by the state to exert more control). Claims of censorship there have historic precedent, and it makes the existence of these online "citizen TV" transmissions all the more significant. (via////deztyped//// and many others)

Mission: WITNESS ( uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.
Witness partners: Jesus Tecú Osorio, Guatemala

At age 11, Jesus Tecú Osorio survived one of the military counter-insurgency massacres in which 177 Mayan-Achi women and children from Rabinal were slaughtered. Jesus was the eldest of the only 18 children to survive, and is one of the few from his community currently working to expose the truth about systematic human rights violations and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. Jesus founded ADIVIMA, the Committee of Widows and Orphans in Rabinal, an organization that works to break the traditional climate of impunity that has protected uniformed killers in Guatemala. He spearheaded the campaign to exhume mass graves in Rabinal and bring charges against the patrollers responsible for the massacres in Rabinal. Jesus is also working to end the recent economic and social injustices in the Rabinal community by leading 25,000 people in their ongoing campaign for compensation after the government uprooted them in order to use their land for the Chixoy Hydroelectric Project.
His story is retold by Global Voices at

Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG), Guatemala
FAFG, founded in 1992, focuses on conducting objective and impartial forensic investigations of suspicious deaths (individual or massive) through the use of archaeology, social and physical anthropology. The FAFG also works to encourage the reconciliation and democratization of Guatemala by following the recommendations made by the Guatemalan Historical Clarification Commission (CEH).

blog by Guatemalan girl about ongoing protests in capital:
Guatemalan social activism blog:
Article in Prensa Libre about Internet activism in the case: Article's title is Comunidades de Internet convocan a nueva manifestación.

Article on blog about the protests:

live streaming of protests in Guatemala City, linked to Facebook:
one Canadian student (Amerindian) uses their blog in transnational solidarity with indigenous movements worldwide. One goal is the promotion of indigenous radio in Guatemala:’-rights-in-guatemala-legalize-community-radio/

Crackdown on Free Expression in Guatemala Threatens Publisher of Books on Genocide and Human Rights.


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Group Liaison

Social Coordinator (TCop): Cara Haberman
Tech Support: Zhong Yi Yeo

Group Members

Matthew Moore (msm2173)
Mariana Barrera (mb3114)
Stine Klapper (sk3310)
Jodi Coplan (jec2191)
Pablo Espinel (pae2108) Zhong Yi Yeo (zy2135)

Shared Resources

Reporters without Borders, "Behind the scenes of impunity in Mexico". Available at:
Straits Times, "Good market for e-Gov projects". Available at: