Thursday, 28 July 2011

At moments, things collide. Was preparing a new podcast when I saw these phenomenal photographs from Guatemala by Jorge Dan López

Guatemala is about to come to terms with some of its past with the trial of soldiers for the Dos Erres massacre. The Central American country was engaged in civil war for thirty six years until 1996 and has been in the international media spotlight recently after Argentinian protest singer Facundo Cabral was murdered in Guatemala City.

In October last year an unethical experiment was revealed in which, from 1946 to 1948, American public doctors infected nearly 700 Guatemalans, including prisoners, soldiers and mental patients, with STDs in order to 'test' the effectiveness of penicillin. The United states have since apologised.

ElPeriódico de Guatemala is one of the best newspapers in the region and I'll be talking to a leading tech journalist about their work, about open source media and about the news climate in the country later on this week.

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