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Media Coverage of the Civil War in El Salvador

By Ebone S. Colbert


The United Nation’s Truth Commission Report documented the 1980-1992 Civil War in El Salvador. During the Civil War the Salvadoran government’s repression was connected to the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests. This analysis focuses on newspaper and television coverage of this event in the United States media. I used the Truth Commission Report as my historical source and compared it to media reports in the United States. I also used a 1989 Radio Venceremos radio broadcast as a source of information. Interviews were conducted in 2006 with Salvadorans to explore their perception of the 1989 media coverage of the Jesuit priest murders

Topics: Civil War, El Salvador, Jesuit Priests, Media Coverage, United Nations Truth Commission Report, Latin American History
Publisher: ScholarWorks@GVSU
Year: 2006
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