Search Results for: Adolfo Perez Esquivel

Jul
01
1987

Adolfo Perez Esquivel on the New York Times' Argentina Coverage

Photo of Adolfo Perez Esquivel from New York Times.

Argentine military officers feel they are victims of an ungrateful society, reports Shirley Christian in the New York Times (6/7/87). They feel their role in “putting down leftist subversion during the 1970s” is unappreciated—but not by Christian, who quoted unnamed army officers at length, with no comments from human rights activists or victims of the dirty war. Extra! asked Argentine Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel, who was imprisoned and tortured by the military junta, to respond to the Times article. The armed forces returned to their barracks in late 1983, marginalized and defeated by their ignominious venture in […]

Mar
18
1999

Media Scenes We'd Like To See In 1999

Spring is often a time of renewed hopes and fresh dreams. So, let's visualize some media breakthroughs — however unlikely — for the last seasons of this century. In the spirit of Mad Magazine's old feature "Scenes We'd Like to See," here's a new version for American media. FLUFF TV CORRESPONDENT RECANTS CAREER "The Monica Lewinsky interview that I did on `20/20' was a sexploitive bridge too far," Barbara Walters declared in a statement released by ABC News. "We tried to dress it up as some kind of historic inquiry," Walters added. "But weeks later, I realized that the whole […]

Jul
01
1989

Invisible Victims

Most mainstream human rights organi­zations place a de facto priority on ques­tions of physical integrity and violations of political and civil rights. Social and eco­nomic rights are addressed only insofar as they have a direct bearing on the political and civil issues; labor organizing, for ex­ample, is a form of free association, and restraints on culture often involve restraints on conscience and expression. The empha­sis on civil-political rights reinforces the dominant US media tendency to define human rights far more narrowly than the UN Universal Declaration. Social, economic and cultural rights are treated as distinctly lesser categories of rights, if […]

Jul
01
1989

Human Rights and the Media

An Overview

A wave of exhilaration surged through the crowd when the first contingent of Chinese workers joined student hunger strikers in Tiananmen Square. Three thou­sand students started their protest in May, two days before Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived for historic talks with China's rulers. By the time Gorbachev left Beijing, mass demonstrations had spread to 20 Chinese cities. They kept coming in droves, young and old, farmers, teachers, more workers, journalists, even the police, singing "The Internationale" and "We Shall Overcome." Millions of people were in the streets, celebrating, marching for human rights, empowered by their wildest hopes and dreams […]