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The Challenges for Environmental Reporting in Peru: Coverage of Small-Scale Mining in Peruvian Newspapers

  • Hildegard Willer
  • Bruno Takahashi
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication book series (PSMEC)

Abstract

Peru has experienced remarkable economic growth based on the exploitation of natural resources in the last few decades. Within a multicultural, economically unequal, and institutionally weak context, this growth has led to a great amount of social–environmental conflicts. At the same time, it has promoted the expansion and growth of informal and illegal businesses, like small-scale gold-mining. This chapter presents an analysis of media coverage of informal mining in Peru. Results reveal that the violence and conservation frames were the most dominant, while justice and public-health issues were missing from the coverage. In addition, interviews with eight journalists about their reporting experiences highlighted the low importance accorded to environmental concerns in a context dominated by the economic growth paradigm. A significant impediment to accurate reporting is the lack of access to government sources and limited use of scientific sources.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hildegard Willer
    • 1
  • Bruno Takahashi
    • 2
  1. 1.Pontificia Universidad Católica del PerúLimaPeru
  2. 2.School of Journalism and Department of CommunicationMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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