Lecture - 'Journalists Under Fire: Bullets, Censorship and Coercion Along the Mexican Border'
“Journalists Under Fire: Bullets, Censorship and Coercion Along the Mexican Border” will feature University of Arizona professors Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine Relly and investigative reporters Rocío Gallegos and Sandra Rodríguez.
This free public lecture will discuss the state of reporting along the Mexican border.
Relly and González de Bustamante will discuss findings demonstrating the violence and danger associated with reporting the news around the Mexican border. Gallegos and Rodríguez will share firsthand experience from their work with the newspaper El Diario de Júarez.
The School of Journalism is honoring Gallegos and Rodríguez with the John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger Award, which recognizes journalists who are dedicated to the ideals of freedom of the press and the people’s right to know.
Gallegos works as the paper’s news coordinator, specifically focusing on drug trafficking and the murder of women. Rodríguez has covered everything from immigration to urban growth and crime to maquiladoras.
Publishing in Ciudad Juárez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, the newspaper has challenged the information crackdown spurred by growing violence among drug cartels.
For more than 50 years, the Zenger Award has honored people who have made extraordinary contributions to freedom of the press and the people’s right to know. It is named for a husband and wife team of pioneering journalists. John Peter Zenger was editor of the New York Weekly Journal in 1734 when he was jailed by British colonial authorities on charges of seditious libel. He had criticized the corrupt administration of New York’s governor, William Cosby. While Zenger was imprisoned, his wife, Anna Catherine Zenger, continued to publish the newspaper. Zenger’s subsequent trial and acquittal is considered a landmark case in the history of freedom of the press, helping to lay the foundation for the First Amendment. Past Zenger Award winners include Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Walter Cronkite and Bill Moyers.