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BELO TV Documents Mexican Drug War Impact on Civilians

New America Now TV, Video, Anchor & Producer: Odette Keeley// Video: Mike Siv Posted: Jul 22, 2009

Editor's Note: Many journalists in the Spanish-language media believe Mexican President Felipe Calderons ruling party, the National Action Party (PAN), lost the mid-term elections last July to Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) due to the governments failure to improve the countrys economy. BELO TV's Angela Kocherga, who covers the U.S.-Mexico border, adds another reason the Calderon government has frustrated Mexicans: the continuing deaths and violence related to the war on drugs. In this NAM ethnic media profile, Kocherga shares her insights on BELO TVs coverage of Mexicos narco-violence before the July elections, and its impact on the border region.

NAM Ethnic Media Profile: BELO TV from New America Media on Vimeo.

Angela Kocherga is border bureau chief for BELO TV, and has been covering Mexico and the border for 20 years. She was interviewed by New America Now anchor, Odette Keeley at the Fire on the Line forum held at Stanford Universitys El Centro Chicano. She was part of a stellar panel of bureau chiefs, foreign correspondents, editors and advocates that discussed the implications of Mexicos narco-violence on journalism and U.S. national security. The forum was presented by the Society of Professional Journalists Northern CA Chapter; The Knight Journalism Fellowships; The Communications Dept. at Santa Clara University; The Committee to Protect Journalists and New America Media.

BELO TV is one of the largest television groups in the country, with 20 television stations, located in Texas, the northwest and southwest regions, reaching 14 percent of U.S. households.

NEW AMERICA NOW is NAMs monthly show highlighting the untold stories of Americas ethnic communities and the media that serve them, airing on COMCAST ON DEMAND. Check out our modules on Channel 1 ON DEMAND, Click on GET LOCAL, then go to PUBLIC AFFAIRS and then find the NEW AMERICA MEDIA folder. Odette Keeley hosts and produces video segments for New America Now; Mike Siv is senior videographer and master editor for New America Now.

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