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Archivo de Inforpress Centroamericana

Title: Archivo de Inforpress Centroamericana
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Inforpress Centroamericana was an enterprise established in 1972. Its primary objective was to analyze and present, in a professional journalistic style, economic, political, and social information of the Central American region. Inforpress used national and regional press and archival sources to achieve its objective. These sources were compiled and organized by Inforpress during various stages from 1972 to 2005, creating an archive of press clippings and documents that has been considered as “the most important in Central America.”[1] Among the topics it covers, the “Violence in Guatemala” series stands out, comprised of 51 binders with approximately 19,690 newspaper clippings. The twelve binders digitized through the University of Texas collaboration are part of this series and they contain 4,466 newspaper clippings and documents arranged chronologically. The news articles illustrate the different types of violence prevailing in Guatemala between 1978 and 1981: political violence, violence during the internal armed conflict, and common violence.

The news in these clippings evidence the human rights violations towards men, women, and children, all of which were directly affected by the violence and its aftermath. The importance of the archive lies primarily in the information it provides to researchers who are reconstructing these historical events. In addition, the materials are proof that the violence not only occurred, but that it was recorded in a newspaper article, a letter, a statement, or a report by the organizations that denounced these acts. Therefore, these objects serve as evidence and documentary proof in cases before the courts. In the same way, they help to reconstruct the context and lived experienced during the violence that resulted from the armed conflict, politics, and common crime. Through these sources, one can understand, for example, the mobility of the conflict, which manifested throughout the country, but focused on specific regions with more intensity and violence. Likewise, one can evaluate the different types of violence used by the involved parties.

Reference code: GT CIRMA AH 002

[1] Enfoque, análisis de situación. Year 7, No. 34, 27 February 2015, pg. 10. In:

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Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica
Date Range
1977 - 1981
4606 objects
Newspaper Clippings
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