Cuba, the Media, and the Challenge of Impartiality

NYU Press, 19 dec. 2014 - 160 sidor
In this concise and detailed work, Salim Lamrani addresses questions of media concentration and corporate bias by examining a perennially controversial topic: Cuba. Lamrani argues that the tiny island nation is forced to contend not only with economic isolation and a U.S. blockade, but with misleading or downright hostile media coverage. He takes as his case study El País, the most widely distributed Spanish daily. El País (a property of Grupo Prisa, the largest Spanish media conglomerate), has editions aimed at Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., making it is a global opinion leader. Lamrani wades through a swamp of reporting and uses the paper as an example of how media conglomerates distort and misrepresent life in Cuba and the activities of its government. By focusing on eight key areas, including human development, internal opposition, and migration, Lamrani shows how the media systematically shapes our understanding of Cuban reality. This book, with a preface by Eduardo Galeano, provides an alternative view, combining a scholar’s eye for complexity with a journalist’s hunger for the facts.

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Foreword by Eduardo Galeano
The Ideological Shift of El País
The Issue of Human Rights
The Case of the Five Cuban Political Prisoners
The Case of Alan Gross

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Salim Lamrani teaches at the University of Paris- Sorbonne Paris IV and the University of la Réunion. He is also a journalist and commentator who specializes in Cuban-American relations.

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