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Perilous Professions: Sandra Rodríguez Nieto

                                                                 Journalist, Sandra Rodríguez Nieto

           

                When many of us reflect on our dream career, we tend to focus on the rosier aspects of it: the prestige, importance, creativity, or fun that’s involved. However, sometimes an innocent career comes with very perilous consequences. Take for example, journalism, a career that many of our editorial interns, and perhaps even you Latinitas are hoping to pursue. While many journalists may write comfortably from their home, or at public locale with an interviewee, others are quite literally put in a line of fire. Mexico’s Sandra Rodríguez Nieto is a prime example of this.
                As a journalist for “El Diario” a newspaper based in Juarez, Mexico, Rodríguez “has courageously written about local government corruption and the failures in the judicial system” in addition to the drug wars. Each of these topics presents a set of grave challenges which puts “her in harm’s way on a daily basis.” In the past 18 months it is estimated that roughly 66 other Mexican journalists have been killed, two of them from the publication which Rodríguez works for, and in the past 4.5  years more than 10,000 people have been murdered in Juarez, making it one of the world’s deadliest cities. Rodríguez is at risk not only due to her residency in Juarez, but because her profession requires her to obtain dangerous information involving powerful leaders.
                Wow! Who would have thought that such a solitary and peaceful profession could be so heavily marked by violence and the prospect of death? I would like to take a moment to thank Rodríguez and people like her, for the work they do to better our world, while risking their lives. Luckily, I’m not the first to take note of Rodríguez who is soon to be awarded the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism. Congratulations Sandra!

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