Environmental News Coverage in Ecuador: New Resources, Old Media–State Tensions and Practices

Mercedes Vigón, Juliet Pinto, Lilliam Martínez-Bustos

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Abstract

This chapter provides an update of Ecuadorian news coverage of environmental issues. Worsening media–state relations, a harsh legal environment for media criticism of political actors, and a national economy based in large part on neoextractivist activities present serious challenges for in-depth investigative reporting and have reduced journalists’ ability to investigate powerful domestic actors. At the same time, increasing national political attention to the impacts of climate change has opened the door for new opportunities to train and report on environmental issues. We find new openings for climate change reporting in certain contexts and provide discussion of new interfaces of media and state agendas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPalgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages91-112
Number of pages22
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication
ISSN (Print)2634-6451
ISSN (Electronic)2634-646X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Linguistics and Language

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