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Robin Lustig is on the Road in Mexico

Thursday 2 July 2009, 16:37

Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

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World Tonight presenter Robin Lustig is on the road again - this time in Mexico, a country that he and editor Alistair Burnett feel has been unfairly absent from the news agenda lately (apart from Swine Flu) and is due for some attention. He's posting daily on the World Tonight blog while he's there. Here's his first post:

I am in Mexico to report on how a country with a population of 110 million people is facing up to a three-fold challenge: economic recession, a surge in drugs-related violence, and swine flu.

According to a recent US government security analysis, Mexico ranks up there with Pakistan as being at risk of becoming a failed state. So today I've been talking to people in a small town in central Mexico about how the recession across the border in the US is hitting them hard.

Read the rest of this post and leave comments on the World Tonight blog. Read Robin's second installment here.

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    "Robin Lustig is on the road again - this time in Mexico, a country that he and editor Alistair Burnett feel has been unfairly absent from the news agenda lately (apart from Swine Flu) and is due for some attention. "

    Mind you, this is a comment which could be made about many, many, many countries in the world who disappear off the media agenda in the same way the flame on a burning oilrig is snuffed out when Red Adair sets off the explosives, whenever a story like Michael Jackson's untimely demise appears.

    What about pushing Mr Lustig and Hugh Sykes to do an alternative version of Mark Mardell's Euroblog which is like an 'AsiaBlog' or 'AfricaBlog' or 'LatinAmerica' blog ??

    Euroblog's advantage has always been that because many EU stories are, unlike 'national' news from Italy, France or Spain 'pot-boilers' that are rumbling in the background for a long time. Like the economy in Latvia.

    Of course, I know you have blogs like 'James Reynolds in China' and you have 'From Our Own Correspondent'. But the latter is too light and is in any case not a blog.

    Here are some countries I think we need to know much much more about.

    * Pakistan and the Swat Valley - I took a while for the scale of this problem, and the fact it affected two million people to sink in.

    * Korea - North and South.

    * Iran - it ill behoves people to complain that they can't report from there now, because of all the problems, when they couldn't be bothered to report from there a few years ago, because the editors weren't interested...

    * Venezuela - Again, we only hear from here when Chavez is rattling the cage of the Americans.

    * Argentina - short of another currency crisis, we never really hear what is going on here either.

    I could go on, but I guess you get the drift that all those reporters 'in-country' who appear on the sexy advertising for BBC News Channel obviously aren't twiddling their thumbs 'until the news happens' so we could do with hearing a bit more from them in an impartial way between crises and occasional intros from Kate Adie on Saturday morning Radio 4.

 

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