Double standards redux

If it Had Happened in Cuba, China or Venezuela

Pascual Serrano – Rebelión

Translation: Machetera

Although it’s said that comparisons are awful, in media analysis it’s a healthy exercise to think how the media might have treated news if it had taken place in a country different than where it actually happened.  What would the press have said if the border police for Cuba or China registered our laptops, even our notebooks, reports, or a crumpled piece of paper in our pockets?  What we see is that if such a thing happens in the United States, the Spanish press commentary is limited to: “In the difficult balance between security and the right to privacy after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, once more the latter has lost.”

And if this, which took place in Denver, were to have happened in Caracas?  In this U.S. city, the local affiliate for CBS news revealed that according to Democracy Now‘s report on August 14th, the city’s police had turned a warehouse into a prison, wherein dozens of metal cages were constructed to lock up the demonstrators who might protest during the National Democratic Convention.  The cages, five by five meters, are made of chain-link fencing and secured by rolls of barbed wire.  A sign read: “Warning! Electric stun devices used in this facility.”  The Spanish media dedicated plenty of space to the Democratic Convention but this they simply never mentioned.

While what was happening in the United States failed to raise a scandal, the media was indignant over something that happened in Cuba; it would seem, a far more alarming case of violated human rights: the 17 euro fine for a guy whose musical performances were annoying his neighbors.

Machetera is a member of Tlaxcala, the network of translators for linguistic diversity. This translation may be reprinted as long as the content remains unaltered, and the source, author, and translator are cited.

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