Part one of a two-part series, Doctor Perez here looks at the events leading up to the September 6 elections, their implications for the second-round presidential elections and the potential for long-term institutional reform (difficult). The second post will examine the political situation boiling in Guatemala’s neighbors, Honduras and El Salvador.
This past May, El Salvador suffered its highest murder rate since the end of the country’s civil war 23 years ago. But this grisly flash of news—what journalists in the region call the nota roja—doesn’t give the wider context. There’s another story to be told here beyond the numbers: how Latin American journalists are affected by the violence they cover and how, in turn, their coverage is creating a cultural acceptance of violence.
“The greatest risk is uncertainty and fragmentation and policy inconsistency, at a time when the country desperately needs to address corruption within the state and transnational crime,” said Chris Sabatini, an adjunct professor at Columbia University and founder of the policy website LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org.