Tuesday, May 21st
Lang Recital Hall
(Hunter College North 4th fl.)
Marcela Turati, Courageous Award- Winning Mexican Journalist
Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul, Mexican Reporter, Leader of Democracy Fighters
Alexandra Ellerbeck, Committee to Protect Journalists
Mexico is not a war zone, and yet it is one of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters. At least seven journalists have been killed in 2019 alone and the shootings and beatings continue. The speakers spoke about the situation from a personall and political presepctive covering the most recent murders of journalists. In addition there was a discussion with the audience addressing what can be done to stop the targeting of journalists and what this crisis means for freedom of the press and democracy.
This event is part of the Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism and The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute and is co-sponsored by the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism Bilingual Spanish-language and NACLA – Report on the Americas.
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ROSALÍA REYES is a Mexican journalist, educator and the Digital Archive and Resource Unit Coordinator at the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute. She oversees the production of the TV show, Mexican Studies Oral History Project, in partnership with BronxNet. She is the producer and host of the Spanish-language literary TV program “Nueva York Entre Letras.” Rosalía Reyes has been a reporter for El Norte/Reforma and Milenio, has worked as managing editor for the art and entertainment magazine Pie Derecho. She is the co-author of a chapter of the book “Latinos in New York: Communities in Transition” (Notre Dame University Press, 2017).
MARCELA TURATI is a fierce advocate for investigative journalism and one of the most respected voices covering the human toll of Mexico’s war on drugs. The Nieman Foundation described her a “standard-bearer for the journalists who have risked their lives to document the devastating wave of violence in Mexico.” Marcela is the recipient of the Neiman Foundation’s Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism and the Fleischaker/Greene Award from Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting.
ALEXANDRA ELLERBECK is the Committee to Protect Journalist’s North America program coordinator. She previously worked at Freedom House and was a Fulbright teaching fellow at the State University of Pará in Brazil. She has lived in Chile, Bolivia and Brazil.
ALEJANDRA IBARRA CHAOUL’s reporting has been published in Worcester Magazine and The New Yorker. She currently leads the team behind Democracy Fighters, a living archive that aggregates the work of journalists killed in Mexico. The project is supported by a grant from The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and utilizes a mix of methods, from oral history to detailed Internet investigations. Part of her research led her to covering the trial against Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán for Ríodoce, an award-winning Sinaloa-based weekly for three months.
TAMI GOLD co-directs the Aronson Awards and is a professor at Hunter College CUNY. She has produced award-winning documentaries focusing on race, LGBTQ issues, labor and police violence. They have been on PBS, HBO and screened at MOMA, the Whitney, the American and British Film Institutes, Sundance, Tribeca and The New York Film Festival.