Vol. 17 (1)



Maria Teresa Nicolás Gavilán. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7385-8196



The risks of practicing journalism in Mexico. Analysis of the coverage of the murder of Javier Valdez according to the approach of peace journalism





Violence against journalists in Mexico and especially in the state of Sinaloa has increased its numbers over the years. In this environment is it possible to practice peace journalism proposed by Galtung (2002)? Furthermore, can one report on the violence exercised against journalists with the approach of peace journalism? In this article, the information coverage given to the murder of journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was analyzed, a fact that revolutionized journalists and media throughout the country. Through content analysis (Berelson 1952; Krippendorf 1990) the news approaches of 366 news from local newspapers, in its online version, Noroeste and El Debate, and from national ones Reforma and El Universal. The results showed that, in general, the coverage was with a focus towards war journalism.


journalism; journalists; drug trafficking; impunity; Mexico

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María Teresa Nicolás Gavilán es profesora e investigadora de la Escuela de Comunicación de la Universidad Panamericana (México). Además es Vicerrectora de Humanidades del mismo centro. Es miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI) en México. Sus líneas de investigación son la ética de la comunicación, los valores en las series de televisión, cobertura de conflictos y peace journalism. Chair del Working Group Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication de la International Association of Media Communication Research (IAMCR). mnicolas@up.edu.mx, http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7385-8196

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