The Media Politics of Colombia's Transition Toward Peace

Apr 19, 2017
03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
102 Kern

Jose Antequera Guzman

On November 29, 2016 Colombia's Congress approved a historic peace accord between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, an armed insurgency that has been fighting since the Colombian people narrowly rejected a plebiscite on an earlier draft.  The media in Colombia, especially social media, played an instrumental role in the result of the plebiscite and the citizen mobilization that demanded the negotiations not fall apart in the wake of the No vote in the plebiscite.  In this talk, Jose Antequera Guzman, leader of a youth movement in support of the Yes campaign and the citizen mobilization to salvage the peace accord, will reflect on the media's role in the tumultuous events of late 2016 in Colombia and how media activism can contribute to building a stable and lasting peace.

Jose Antequera Guzman is an award-winning lawyer, activist, and author whose work on human rights and historical memory in Colombia has been highly acclaimed.  He is the son of Jose Antequera, a slain leader of the Patriotic Union party. 

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