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A thesis analyzes the role of the press in the controversy of the confrontation of drug trafficking mafias in Mexico.

Juan Francisco Padilla researcher studied the discursive strategies of the three most influential newspapers in the country: 'El Universal', 'Reforma' and 'workshop'.

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The researcher Juan Francisco Padilla. PHOTO: Isabel Teixeira Da Mota
19/12/13 13:29 Isabel Teixeira Da Mota

A thesis defended at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra has analyzed the role of the press in the controversy of the confrontation of drug trafficking mafias in Mexico. The work is framed in the project of the ICS 'Public discourse.Persuasive and interpretation strategies'.

Juan Francisco Padilla, researcher from Jalisco, has studied how the three most influential newspapers in his country - ElUniversal, Reforma and La workshop- "used different discursive strategies, with which they reflected implicit arguments in accordance with their line publishing house". The texts analyzed were published from 2008 to 2011, with the criterion that they appeared on the front page of each newspaper on the same date.

Through linguistic interpretation and contrastive analysis of the use of introductory verbs of quotation such as 'announce', 'admit', 'warn' or 'indicate', Juan Francisco Padilla has sought to demonstrate how implicit argumentation operates by means of these verbs.

As he points out, the verbs "authorize or disavow the credibility of the social actors and impose a reading of their speech of agreement with the interest publishing house and ideological of the media in question".

Identity of the newspapers

Thus, states researcher, "by distancing themselves from or approaching the subjects they quoted -legitimizing them, delegitimizing them or remaining neutral-, the newspapers created an identity".

Thus, Padilla concludes that Reforma was the most favorable to President Felipe Calderon and U.S. government officials, while El Universal was the one that most favored federal officials in the field of national security. On the other hand, La workshop was the newspaper that most favored the politicians of the civil service examination and the social actors that criticized the federal security strategy.

From his doctoral thesis , the researcher proposes to elaborate a dictionary of introductory verbs of quotation of Mexican Spanish, in which the argumentative function that they exercise in the journalistic speech of the press is registered.