CISPEC reports on media-propagated fear-mongering in El-Salvador

Photographer: Moisen Saman. Courtesy of Sony World Photography Award 2008

Below is a quote taken from the article, “Security Crisis Racks El Salvador, Funes and FMLN Point to Media-fueled Destabilization Campaign” on September 10, 2010:

This week El Salvador’s public bus system stopped operating for three days, many of the country’s businesses remained closed and hundreds of thousands of informal vendors stayed home.  Last Monday, rumors began to circulate that gangs were calling for a 72-hour “toque de queda” or a halt to all activity in the country and that those who did not cooperate would be killed.  Media sources immediately covered the rumors, cultivating a collective paranoia and sense of terror within the population, even going so far as to question whether El Salvador was becoming a “failed State.”

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