The Mexican journalist, Gerardo Albarrán talked about topics related to the growing wave of violence in the Aztec country, the innocuous role of the press in the evolutionary process of violence, the relationship of journalists with the large economic groups and political actors, and about the state, as a retarder of the democratization process.
As a starting point, the Mexican journalist contrasted the violent acts taking place in his country of origin, with the no less important episodes that in context of war and drug trafficking, end up configuring Colombia's history.
"Mexico has a press that lived giving its back to society, a press that does not write for the society, but who writes for the power. We have a corrupt press by nature," said Albarrán, assuring that in the Central American country for the vast majority of journalists" their business is writing for power "as a warranty to "keep having access to public resources through advertising and a series of Extra journalistic business".
The journalist recalled the case of the famous phrase: "I do not pay to be hit" when the then president of Mexico, Jose Lopez Portillo, attacked a national newspaper for having published a news denouncing irregularities in his administration.
In addition, he presented the case of the journalist Carmen Aristegui, of her journalistic team and the way they were fired from MVS News chain, which transmitted a radio program every morning, for exposing in May 2013, a series of photos, that published in the Spanish magazine Hola, showed the story of Angelica Rivera, wife of the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, which made clear the details of their luxurious mansion worth about $ 7 million USD, that was known to belong to a major government contractor.
The case of the prominent journalist, according to Albarran, denotes "the vulnerability to political power, one that is crossed by the very vulnerability of the media and their owners, who surrender to power as a way of making money."
He said that it is not unusual that outside the media in Mexico, some decapitated corpses may be left with messages like: "what could happen to those who work there."
According to the journalist, historically, the Mexican government has been retarding the process of democratization of society, rather than boosting this process, in a political context in which the institutions do not function and were simultaneously "Nobody requires the Mexican government to resolve crimes committed against journalists ", by contrast the "corporate powers" prevail.
At the end of his presentation, he read the editorial of the Daily Newspaper of Juarez, a Mexican communication media in which the harsh circumstances in which journalism is exercised in that country is portrayed. Gerardo Albarrán concluded: "This happens in my country, where the maximum risk faced by a journalist, is to be alive."