Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, has been ranked as one of the most violent cities in the world.
In Deadline: Populism and the Press in Venezuela
(University of Chicago Press, 2019), Robert Samet
undertakes ethnography with crime journalists on their reporting practices to offer a compelling argument about the relationship between populist politics and the news.
Samet participates with and observes a group of crime reporters as they traverse the city, investigating crimes, recording interviews with victims, and writing up their stories. Reporters commonly collected and publicized denuncias
, victims’ accusations or denouncements of wrongdoing that can also include calls for justice.
Samet details the substance and variation of such denuncias
to demonstrate how the ubiquity and prevalence of these pronouncements articulate a popular will.
This book contributes to studies of media and journalism, Latin American politics and society, and political anthropology in order to expand our understanding of the role of journalism in amplifying the will of the people.
Reighan Gillam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California.