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Positive and Negative Issues of Journalism in Mexico

By Alexander Backman  | July 22, 2017

I was tasked in writing an essay for my journalism specialization course at Michigan University in the class that relates to issues that journalists face in their reporting activities. As you can imagine, in Mexico, sadly, it is not hard at all to talk about things that pose a threat to journalists in their line of work. But also, there are some issues that counter these bleak grievances and make the job of informing rewarding and fulfilling. I want to balance these two aspects in this essay. So, here it goes.

With respect on the future of journalism in my country, the future is bleak as it is becoming ever-so dangerous to reports the facts as events transpire. This is the first key issue that greatly concerns me.

As many abroad have learned, Mexico is currently living the worst security crisis in history with the full-scale criminal insurgency which has undermined the capability of its Government to deal with such a threat from the ever-growing transnational drug cartels and their well-established networks and bases of operations in different parts of the country. This exponential growth has provided them with an inordinate level of power. It is true, this problem is not new and has lurked as a demon in the shadows of the Mexican state since the 80s. But now, almost 40 years later, Mexico has not only become a second Colombia, it has transformed into a safe-haven for criminal empires to thrive and corrupt the entire government system, while at the same time operating under a veil of total impunity and secrecy. This now endemic problem has gotten to the point where journalists cannot report on these issues freely at a local and state level for fear of being killed. It is amazing still, that in the first six months of 2017 out of the 18 journalists that have been killed, nine are from Mexico, according to a report from PRESS EMBLEM CAMPAIGN. Journalism is being stifled due to this threat.

A second negative issue that needs attention in the media is poverty. Almost half of Mexicans live in extreme poverty. This situation has almost zero coverage by the mainstream Government-influenced media. And with it, a terrible lack of education of most of its inhabitants. This mix of lack of food, housing, jobs and education creates a great opportunity for the criminal organizations to prey on and hire peasants to do their bidding in the cartels. In a way, all these issues are noticeably intertwined, while ignorance and apathy are king and queen, the media rarely delves deeper into this social and dysfunctional abnormality.

But when it comes to the media, since half of Mexicans live in total and abject poverty, one has to ponder, do they read a newspaper? Do they have access to a tablet and the Internet? Do they read at all?

Yes, this affects journalism. How? Well, if we think about it, this means that 60 million potential viewers are not watching the news, they are not reading and following tweets, they are not being informed. Also, how can a journalist adapt to these deficiencies and at the same time inform the masses outside of the mainstream media or major communication outlets? One solution could be delivering the news visually instead of in writing and making the Internet available to all citizens on a zero budget so they can get in touch with reality and not be brainwashed by political action committees from the far left in the south of the Country where most of them live.

My third not-so positive issue which the media is not reporting on for fear of being threatened or have their ad revenue pulled altogether, and that is how Big Corporations have de facto taken control of what is being lightly reported on and spun and sugarcoated to the masses because it affects their sales and therefore their profit margins. Coca Cola is one of these unstoppable businesses that have total control of the media for one simple reason, they advertise everywhere! And if anything negative is reported about them, where they are mentioned or questioned directly, like, for example, why Mexico is the #1 country worldwide with child-diabetes, and also why Mexico is # 1 in child-obesity, again at a global scale, this is mentioned but no names are mentioned. When one questions who or what might be the source of this out-of-control problem. The logical answer would be the sugar intake that Mexican children are getting, and where this extreme consumption of sugar is coming from. Not only Coca Cola, there are many companies that have a lot invested in people consuming their products without any interest of even reading the labels to check what ingredients they are putting into their bodies, let alone their children’s bodies. So, here again we can see how ignorance, apathy and poverty makes this only worse. It is a vicious cycle, and reporters do not report on it because of pressure from their bosses or from the Government itself who in turn is getting its ears pulled by Big C.

Albeit, as dark and somber journalism in Mexico might seem, there are other areas where journalism is thriving. Despite the negative issues that seem to have overtaken Mexico and given it a terrible image worldwide affecting its tourist sector, Mexico is well-covered as well by the media with regard to its culture, its food and its historical heritage. After all, much of what Mexico has to offer to the world comes from archaeological landmarks from the Mesoamerican empires and how easy it is to still visit these places and have fun. A lot of reporting by journalists is being done about this on a constant basis. Whether it be a recent archaeological dig about the discovery that the Aztecs had human-sacrifice towers of women and children erected around their ‘juego de la pelota’ ball courts in their capital city of Tenochtitlan, or that an underground river was found gushing water under the ever famous pyramid of Pakaal in Palenque Chiapas, all these reports in the media not only shed light of Mexico´s history, they also attract a lot of people to visit these places as well. It promotes tourism and allows journalists to write about it and they get to travel. After all, who is not up to visiting the second biggest pyramid in the world at only 40 minutes away from Mexico City and seeing the ‘Tzompantli’ (skull rack towers) as they are being unearthed in the heart of the city? Graphic reporters are taking great images of these places as well and enriching the reports that we read.

A second positive aspect of journalism in Mexico is that to overcome the state-influenced media moguls in Mexico, the sector of independent citizen journalists sprang up along with the Internet revolution. In a country rife in corruption, citizens took to it and took advantage of the available social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and other blog sites to report what was not being said in the nightly news. In turn, this created a Government crackdown on dissidents who turned into journalists and who started to become a threat to the information control system. Journalists disappeared, were intimidated to not report on anything ever again. So, now, there is the average citizen journalist, but Mexicans who still report, know there are limits to what is being reported and how much of it should be known. So, freedom of speech is not absolutely 100% guaranteed in Mexico as one would expect, but at least self-censorship allows journalists to still report while, at the same time, be very careful not to step on the sharp-edged claws of the Mexican Media Masters and its members.

In conclusion, in troublesome countries where ‘La Libertad de Prensa’ does not exist, self-control and a decent dose of common sense of what to report and how might extend your livelihood in times of conflict and division as ‘periodista’.

P.S. I wrote this last paragraph as a series of bullets were fired in the distance close to where I am.


 

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I AM BEING TARGETED FOR ELIMINATION

My name is Alexander Backman. I am an investigative journalist residing in Mexico. My family and I arrived home this afternoon and someone had been in our home. There was a very strong smell of gas. My wife thought we had run out of gas. To our surprise, the knob on the stove were open. Was this done to make it look like an accident happened? That we die in an accidental  gas explosion? Am I being targeted yet again? This would be the 4th time now that someone tries to take me out of the equation.

Please pray for me and my family. God Blesses you always!†

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QUICK OBOLA CRUISE OPDATE

Alexander Backman is at it again. This time he speaks out on the Obola Cruise and the almost 5 thousand passengers and crew members of the Cruise Ship int the Mexican Caribbean that wanted the Ebola Laboratory worker to be ejected from the ship.
Well… no problem, the EBOLA-LADEN vessel is headed back to Texas, from where OBOLA was imported from Liberia, further spreading the virus.

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AUDIO RANT►WHAT’S HAPPENED TO US? ♫ John B Wells

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Beheadings, Amputations, Eye Gouging, Sharia, Jihad: Witnesses Describe Horrors As ISIS Seeks To Overtake Kobane –
Beheadings, Amputations, Eye Gouging, Sharia, Jihad: Witnesses Describe Horrors As ISIS Seeks To Overtake Kobane – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/10/beheadings-amputations-eye-gouging-sharia-jihad-witnesses-describe-horrors-as-isis-seeks-to-overtake-kobane.html/#sthash.DKsF90e7.dpuf
Beheadings, Amputations, Eye Gouging, Sharia, Jihad: Witnesses Describe Horrors As ISIS Seeks To Overtake Kobane – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/10/beheadings-amputations-eye-gouging-sharia-jihad-witnesses-describe-horrors-as-isis-seeks-to-overtake-kobane.html/#sthash.DKsF90e7.dpuf
Beheadings, Amputations, Eye Gouging, Sharia, Jihad: Witnesses Describe Horrors As ISIS Seeks To Overtake Kobane – See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2014/10/beheadings-amputations-eye-gouging-sharia-jihad-witnesses-describe-horrors-as-isis-seeks-to-overtake-kobane.html/#sthash.DKsF90e7.dpuf
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ACADEMICS WEIGH IN ON ISIS PROPAGANDA VIDEO: REAL ISLAM►’ISIS IS THE PUREST FORM OF ISLAM’

In this video titled THE REAL ISLAM, Geert Wilders, David Wood, Bill Warner, Christian Zeitz and Robert Spencer discuss the graphic Islamic State propaganda video that must be watched by everyone here. WARNING! THE VIDEO IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC AND IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN.  It should be watched because it is what these animals and savages truly are, what they are doing and what they have planned. I do not see any mention here of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi being Mossad, do you? No, I see experts who have spent decades fighting the ISLAMization of the West, giving an objective and sincere analysis of what the NAZIs of the 21st Century represent to all other persons who do not sympathize with their radical and satanic beliefs. Make no mistake about it, ISIS or whatever you want to call it, ISIL, IS et al… is ISLAM in its purest form. These savages are executing what the Koran states and they are following what their Caliph is ordering: killing, raping, kidnapping, torturing and enslaving people that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

With respect who or what entities put ISIS on the map that is another story that needs to be discussed further. But, for now, the threat of ISIS is as real as it gets and the world needs to confront this threat harshly and expeditiously.

May ISIS be expunged from the face of the earth along with the Koran. Communism killed more than 100 million in the 20th Century.

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE! IS ISIS PLANNING ATTACKS ON THE BORDER?

CR NEWS®  TERROR ALERT 

By Alexander Backman

Video Report>

CR NEWS-Mexico, Sep 7 2014- The following exclusive images were taken at a busy shopping mall close to the US-MEXICO border. The man in the picture was there observing and speaking via radio or mobile phone for more than 30 minutes passing information to another party.

The images were taken at 4:45pm on Saturday September 6, 2014 and sent to CR NEWS.

We make them available as part of our CT effort to prevent any attacks or criminal activity along the US-MEXICO border.

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The man in the picture was there observing and speaking via radio or mobile phone for more than 30 minutes passing information to another party.

He might have been passing on information as to the coming and goings of shoppers, selecting perhaps a target for a kidnapping or even worse, to conduct a terrorist attack.

The shopping mall where this man was seen and detected is highly visited by Americans that live south of the border.

The man was standing less than 50 feet away from one of the main entrances to Walmart, a store that has been mentioned in terrorist chatter as a possible target for a series of terrorist plots being planned by Al Qaeda against the United States and its interests abroad since 2008.

We suggest the viewer conduct a search on ‘Al Qaeda’s U.S. Railroad, Wal-Mart plotsto know more about how Hispanic-Americans are being actively recruited and radicalized by Al Qaeda and now ISIS.

The man is talking on a radio or mobile phone.

His attitude is highly suspicious.

Earpiece is visible in left ear as he speaks to his accomplice(s).

The man is wearing a backpack hanging from his right shoulder.

What stood out from this particular individual was his prominent beard. The beard seems Islamic and one that Muslims grow in service for their cause and Jihad.

The beard is grown in obedience to Mohammed, who also grew a beard.

Example of Muslim with Beard

Nadal Malik Hasan-Fort Hood Shooter

Notice the beard again. From this angle, there is little doubt that this man is influenced by Islam ideology.

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Who is this man?

Why is he scoping out a Walmart full of American tourists?

Is he part of a terrorist plot?

Is he part of ISIS?

Is this photographic evidence proof that radical Islamists are operating and gathering intelligence on US investments south of the border?

Are they planning an attack against Americans and Westerners at Walmart locations south of the border?

Facts

Close to 1,000 Radical Islamists are crossing the border into the United States illegally every month.

Mexico is being used by radicals as a staging ground to conduct terrorist attacks against the US as has been proven many times.

Many of these attacks have been stopped without any reporting on behalf of the media.

AS GLOBAL MULSIM COALITION GROWS, DRUG CARTELS UNITE TO FORM 1ST SUPER CARTEL RIGHT ACROSS THE BORDER IN PREPARATION FOR WAR

  • 11 Airliners go missing in Libya a week before 9/11, is a repeat in the works?
  • Border War between Cartels Imminent?

By Alexander Backman

CRN News- CR NOTICIAS- Mexico- Sep 3, 2014- On September 1s7 2014, right after the explosion at the Mexican Government Customs Office located in Piedras Negras Coahuila, the high-conflict border town on the border with adjoining Eagle Pass, Texas, that left one woman dead and at least eight gravely injured, our embedded correspondent has informed CR NEWS that according to an intelligence report from the Local and State Police, a top-level Cartel Summit just took place there.

In spite the fact that media sources questioned the Military Commander in the North Region, General Francisco Juan Avoites Guerra, that such a high-profile meeting had taken place in Piedras Negras, he along with State and Local authorities denied that they had received intelligence reports before the meet to place. According to this report, a NEW SUPER CARTEL has been formed.

Although denied by the Military and Federal Police, at the Narco Summit, cartels expect the Sinaloa Cartel have joined forces in order to create a Super Cartel with worldwide ramifications. It seems that it is not only an Islamic Caliphate that is en vogue, the mass unification of military forces to enforce terrorism against the West. Now, it seems, that Criminal Organizations are uniting to form a massive insurgent army across on the border.

CR NEWS informed its listeners in 2012 that the purpose of Operation Fast and Furious was to arm the Cartels to the teeth for an upcoming mega war between the Obama-CIA-controlled Sinaloa Cartel and the new multi-cartel coalition.

What is clear, is that a war on the border is imminent and the presence of Middle Eastern radical forces that are working along with the cartels only makes things worse. The weak policies in Washington have helped make the border with Mexico as a staging ground for war.

Recent threats of ISIS’ presence at Ciudad Juarez, Al QAEDA’s Inspire Magazine asking for car bombs to be used in the United States, terrorists using social media to promote such attacks, and the threat of an EMP device and Nuclear Terrorism is making the current border crisis unsafe for citizens on both sides.

The threat only worsens after Intelligence Agencies have failed to pinpoint the true location of flight MH370 of Malaysia Airlines that disappeared earlier this year. Military experts warn that this airplane, a Boeing 777, could me retrofitted and armed and used as a Weapon of Mass Destruction against the West.

In addition to this threat, on September 2nd, it was announced that Libya has fallen into a failed state status and is controlled now by Radical Islamic groups that have raised their ISIS Black Flag of Terror on the US Embassy in Tripoli. All this as a result of Obama and Hillary Clinton’s Arab Spring fiascoes and their stubborn Communist and Pro Islamic worldview. Egypt and Libya are clear examples of this failed foreign policy.

Worse even is the fact that Tripoli’s main airport has been secured by the terrorist group in power and that at least 11 airliners have been reported missing all in one week of the 13th commemoration of 9/11. Analysts fear that these airplanes could be used for future attacks as well.

I can only imagine the worst scenario. Libya is right across the Mediterranean. Imagine a plane filled with explosives hitting Madrid or Barcelona or another hitting The Louvre and another one crashing into the London Parliament. All in a matter of hours and at the same time the US getting hit with Mumbai-style attacks and car bombs in its cities or its interests abroad.

Mind you the humanitarian border crisis whereby the US Government has been helping to transport illegal immigrants en masse, some whose health is not the very best, can be defined as a Fifth Column attack against the United States as some have suggested.

The US border is wide open and these open access points are being exploited by all types of people and groups; from drug traffickers, to human traffickers, from illegal immigrants to radical Islamists that are ready to take their violent jihad to the US homeland.

Someone pointed out to us that maybe the Russian troops seen conducting different checkpoints on the Mexican side of the border at Piedras Negras could be in fact Chechen terrorists who also speak Russian and are radical Muslims as well. We are getting close to interview a person who came into direct contact with the unfirmed Russian-speaking soldiers. Information will be available as it develops.