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Archbishop Condemns “Yellow Journalism”

By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 28 February, 2011

(Acapulco, JG 28 February) Acapulco’s archbishop, Carlos Garfias Merlos, yesterday reproached certain local news media for preferring sensationalism over factual reporting. He said that these media prefer “yellow journalism” because “it gives an immediate benefit in sales, but it is contrary to the common good.” In local parlance, sensationalist reporting is called “red news.” In Acapulco, “red news” is the staple for newspapers, which routinely print photos of dead bodies of victims of accidents and crime, something unheard of in most other countries.

The archbishop was referring to the persistent reports of organized crime violence. Such incidents are usually restricted to neighborhoods far distant from the tourist areas. He said that in Mexico, Guerrero state and Acapulco the media have created a reputation of danger and excessive violence, which discredits our civil society and discourages tourism. He said, “In this respect, the reported information needs to be more objective and less hysterical,” adding that “this sensational journalism is exaggerated because that is what sells. It might seem to bring a benefit, but it winds up causing harm.” He suggested that the media provide “sincere, truthful and objective” information. He also suggested that positive aspects be covered as well, and not just the macabre crimes.