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Unwanted Witnesses. Journalists and Conflict in Contemporary Latin America

Gabriela Polit Dueñas · University of Pittsburg Press · 2019 · 161 pp

Crítica · Desde Estados Unidos · Ensayo

Gabriela Polit Dueñas analyzes the work of five narrative journalists from three countries. Marcela Turati, Daniela Rea, and Sandra Rodríguez from Mexico, Patricia Nieto from Colombia, and María Eugenia Ludueña from Argentina produce compelling works of literary journalism, but also work under dangerous, intense conditions. What drives and shapes their stories are their affective responses to the events and people they cover. The book offers an insightful analysis of the emotional challenges, the stress and traumatic conditions journalists face when reporting on the region's most pressing problems. It combines ethnographic observations of the journalists' work, textual analysis, and a theoretical reflection on the ethical dilemmas journalists confront on a daily basis. Unwanted Witnesses  puts forward a necessary discussion about the place contemporary journalists occupy in the field of production, and how the risks they run speak directly about the limits of our democracies.