A new podcast in Mexico talks about the risks journalists take in performing their work.
Alejandro Jimenez and Martha Ramos – national opinion coordinator and editorial director of Organización Editorial Mexicana host a biweekly podcast called Periodismo en Riesgo (Journalism at Risk).
Running at under half-an-hour, the podcast seeks to “humanise statistics”, producer Mitzi Hernández says in an INMA blog.
“The stories of journalists who live in danger every day to keep the population informed seems to be increasing in Latin America,” she says. “The Inter-American Press Association reports that every time an organisation speaks up when there is a known of a case where freedom of expression, it looks diminished.”
The podcast – which began in March 2019 – is a way to modernise and expand dissemination of communicators. Ramos says that – “unlike the twice-yearly IAPA data reports – podcasts make it possible to humanise the problem.
“People do not feel empathy for journalistic work, and it drastically affects the credibility of the media and journalists in particular. By raising awareness about the risk of our work, we want to get closer to the readers. "
Based on the podcast content, it seems there are common points in terms of censorship in Latin America. “There is a strengthening of authoritarian regimes, presenting themselves as democrats or liberals, and which end up imposing a single idea, their own,” Ramos says.
“In this context, a critical press that questions the actions and decision-making of these regimes, is not only uncomfortable, it becomes, from their point of view, the enemy to be defeated.”
Periodismo en Riesgo producer Hernández says she can confirm that each interview is an ecosystem that deserves to be amplified. “Although the situation faced by the media in each country may seem unique, they all reflect damage to democracy. It is a problem that seems to be increasing.
“Listening to each story, full of courage and commitment to inform despite the consequences, motivates anyone who is in this guild.”
The podcast is available on any of the main platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Amazon, Acast, or Deezer.
Hernández invites anyone who knows of or experiences similar situations to contact her to include their story in this project. She can be reached at mailto:email@example.com or @mitziher.