Oct 1 1987

Media Double Standard on Human Rights


On October 27, 1987, the president of El Salvador’s Human Rights Commission, Herbert Ananya, was assassinated in broad daylight on the streets of the capital. He was the seventh official of the group to be murdered or disappear in the 1980s. The story didn’t make the front page of The New York Times or the Washington Post. On day two it faded from the network news. The New York Times (10/28/87) framed the issue this way: “Killing in Salvador Imperils Peace Talks.” A more telling headline–undercutting years of the Times‘ coverage–would have been: “Killing in Salvador Raises Doubts About ‘Democracy.’” […]