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Política y gobierno

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SALAZAR REBOLLEDO, María Grisel et al. Democracy, the press and the power in Mexico: A debate on Newsrooms in conflict, by Sallie Hughes. Polít. gob [online]. 2019, vol.26, n.2, pp.261-285.  Epub 26-Jun-2020. ISSN 1665-2037.

Recent readjustments in power relations between actors and levels of Mexican government, the upsurge of violence in many areas of the country, and the changes within the newsrooms have posed new challenges for the exercise of a free press. These transformations make useful to revisit Hughes' argument (2006) about the possibility of the emergence of a "civic" press. Firstly, Hughes’ book is discussed from the perspective provided by the literature on Mexican transition, which had explored institutional changes and public opinion. However, the vast majority of these studies have not dealt with the relevance of the media on this process.

Secondly, we discuss new challenges for the study of mass media in non-Western democracies, pointing out the research agenda introduced by Hughes' book. Thirdly, we offer a critical view of journalism models proposed by the author, emphasizing the contextual conditions that have weakened the efforts to establish a civic journalism within the newsrooms. The text concludes with Hughes’ response to the discussion.

This text is product of the debate that took place on October 29th, 2018 in the framework of the Interdisciplinary Seminar on Studies on the Press and Power of CIDE’s Journalism program.

Palabras llave : press; media in Mexico; studies on transition.

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