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Biennial of Thought 2022

Óscar Martínez, Jairo Videa and Juan Daniel Treminio

A Country without Journalists

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Óscar Martínez, Jairo Videa, and Daniel Treminio, all three of them investigative journalists from Central America, will speak about the difficulties of doing their job in situations of violence where making truths known almost always means putting one’s own life at risk.

Martínez, Videa, and Treminio come from one of the world’s most violent and dangerous regions: Central America. In countries like El Salvador and Nicaragua, members of government themselves, when not directly drug traffickers or gangsters, control information and, if necessary, persecute, imprison, and even kill journalists, thus making the work of investigating and reporting a high-risk endeavour, and increasingly difficult to do. How can one report when no one cares to know the truth? What value does the word have when violence is an everyday matter?

From El Salvador, Óscar Martínez is editor-in-chief of Elfaro.net and author of Los muertos y el periodista (The Dead and the Journalist, Anagrama, 2021). Jairo Videa and Juan Daniel Treminio, both journalists from Nicaragua, are co-founders of the online daily Coyuntura and are presently participating in the Hosted Writer programme of the Catalan PEN Centre. In this session, the three journalists will be speaking with the journalist and writer Álvaro Colomer about the challenges posed by the profession in situations where journalists’ lives are seriously threatened.

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Óscar Martínez, Jairo Videa and Juan Daniel Treminio

A Country without Journalists

The three investigative journalists from Central America speak about the difficulties of doing their job in situations of violence where making truths known almost always means putting one’s own life at risk.

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