Celia del Palacio Montiel

Celia del Palacio Montiel has a doctorate in history from UNAM, a member of the National System of Researchers Level 3, of the Mexican Academy of Science, and of PEN Mexico. She works as a researcher and teacher at the Center for Culture and Communication Studies at the Universidad Veracruzana. Her main research topics cover the history of the press and violence against journalists in the regions of Mexico. She is the author of nine books and coordinator and co-author of sixteen more, as well as a significant number of academic articles in indexed and journals. She is also the author of five historical novels and a book of short stories.

Main publications:


2018. Callar o morir en Veracruz. Medios de comunicación y violencia en el sexenio de Javier Duarte 2010-2016. Juan Pablos Editor-CONACYT.

2015. Pasado y presente. 220 años de periodismo en Veracruz. Universidad Veracruzana.

2001. La Disputa por las conciencias. Los inicios de la prensa en Guadalajara 1809-1835. Universidad de Guadalajara.

1994. De Taller artesanal a Industria Editorial La Gaceta de Guadalajara. 1902-1914. Universidad de Guadalajara.

Coordinated books:

2020.  “Porque la lucha por un hijo no termina…” Testimonios de familiares de desaparecidos del Colectivo Orizaba-Córdoba. Presentación. Henrich Böll
Stiftung- Universidad Veracruzana.

2018. Testigo de la Violencia: Memoria gráfica del Veracruz contemporáneo. Fotografías de Félix Márquez. Presentación. Juan Pablos Editor-CONACYT.

2015. Violencia y periodismo regional en México. Juan Pablos editor-CONACYT.

2008. Medio siglo de labor editorial universitaria en Veracruz. Universidad Veracruzana.

2008. México Trasatlántico. (Con Julio Ortega) Fondo de Cultura Económica.

2008. Voces en Papel. La prensa en Iberoamérica, de 1792 a 1970. (Con Sarelly Martínez Mendoza). Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas.

2006. Rompecabezas de Papel. La prensa en las regiones de México. Miguel Ángel Porrúa-CONACYT.

2006. La prensa como fuente para la historia. Miguel Ángel Porrúa-CONACYT.

2006. Siete regiones de la prensa en México. Miguel Ángel Porrúa-CONACYT.


Research project as a fellow of CALAS:

Title: Precariousness and violence. The multiple crises of journalists in Latin America today. Proposals from the margins.

Abstract: Journalists in Latin America suffer various types of violence, from job insecurity, censorship in its different forms, harassment by civil or government agents, to direct attacks. The most serious case is Mexico: from 2000 to 2020, there have been 133 journalists killed for their work. In the state of Veracruz, only between 2010-2016, 20 have been documented. The global journalism crisis from 2008 led to a greater concentration of the media in few hands, significant reductions in the number of workers, and a greater precariousness of working conditions. This crisis has worsened since the pandemic. The journalists most affected are those who work on the margins: they carry out their activities in very precarious conditions, in places far from the big cities, and are victims of multiple inequalities.

In this essay a critical reflection will be made on the theoretical-methodological models for the study of media systems proposed for Europe and the United States and that until now have been adapted to Latin America, in order to question their usefulness for the region; there will also be a critical review of the legislation and institutions for the protection of journalists, as well as a critical review of the actions carried out by academic institutions and national and international NGOs. This reflection will be enriched by the research experiences in Veracruz, and by investigating other places such as Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, which have become places of extreme risk for communicators and have not been studied. With an interdisciplinary, intersectional perspective and taking into account the subjectivity of these actors, very little addressed from the academy, adopting a horizontal methodology, it is intended to narrate the stories of marginal journalists as a result of the formation of emotional communities, in order to preserve their memory and propose with those affected the best solutions to achieve the truth, justice and reparation of the damage, for the benefit of freedom of expression, the right to information and the strengthening of democracies in Latin America.