Beyond the barricades : Nicaragua and the struggle for the Sandinista press, 1979-1998 /
Adam Jones.
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, c2002.
xxx, 308 p. : ill.
089680223X (alk. paper)
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Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, c2002.
089680223X (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-304) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Adam Jones is a professor of international studies at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-01-01:
This well-researched book describes the struggle between "professionalizers" and "mobilizers" for control of Nicaragua's Sandinista newspaper Barricada; that is, the tug of war between proponents of a relatively independent press and advocates of party supervision. For years, Barricada's able director Carlos Fernando Chamorro negotiated the competing demands of mobilizers and professionalizers on his own staff while simultaneously deflecting attempts by party leaders to exert greater influence. Ultimately, several forces conspired to bring about Chamorro's defenestracion, or firing, in 1994, followed by Barricada's demise: the displeasure of a few party officials with Chamorro's discretionary latitude under the "autonomy project" (1990-4), when Barricada attained more independence and professionalism; Barricada's dire financial straits; and the resurgence of the ortodoxos, Sandinista hard-liners, after the party's electoral defeat in 1990. Jones (international studies, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, Mexico City) demonstrates that the Frente Sandinista never sought to monopolize the Nicaraguan press or to control Barricada completely. His detailed account would have had broader appeal if he had devoted more space to the comparisons between Nicaragua and other developing countries that he suggests at the end. Nevertheless, his useful book fills a void in both the history of Nicaragua and of journalism. Graduate students and specialists. D. L. Heyck Loyola University Chicago
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Main Description
Throughout the 1980s, Barricada, the official daily newspaper of the ruling Sandinista Front, played the standard role of a party organ, seeking the mobilize the Nicaraguan public to support the revolutionary agenda. Beyond the Barricades, however, reveals a story that is both more intriguing and much more complex. Even during this period of sweeping transformation and outside military siege, another, more professional agenda also motivated Barricada's journalists and editors. When the Sandinistas unexpectedly fell from power in the 1990 elections, Barricada gained a substantial degree of autonomy that allowed it to explore a more balanced and nuanced journalism "in the national interest." This new orientation, however, ran afoul of more orthodox party leaders, who gradually gained the upper hand in the bitter internal struggle that wracked the Sandinista Front in the early 1990s. The paper closed its doors in January 1998. Adam Jones's outstanding study offers an unprecedented behin-the-scenes looks at Barricada's two decades of evolution and dissolution. It also presents an intimate portrait of a key revolutionary institution and the memorable individuals who were a part of it.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xxix
Barricada: The Party and the Paper, 1979-1991p. 1
Beyond the Barricades: A New Journalism for Nicaragua, 1987-1994p. 46
Chronicle of a Coup Foretoldp. 119
Back to the Barricades: An Official Press Rebornp. 177
The Death of Barricadap. 221
Notesp. 241
Sourcesp. 293
Indexp. 305
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