The disappearance and murder of 16 year old Angeles Rawson was followed so closely by journalists that it overtook national media for the past three weeks. The coverage was criticised by many as sensational, invasive, and extreme, peaking in intensity when popular tabloid Muy published a photo of the girl’s dead body wrapped in plastic bags in the rubbish truck where she was found. The Argentina Independent took to the streets gather the public’s opinion on this case.
For me, what’s happening with this case is they are using it to cover other things that are happening in Argentina. They use things like this to cover things that are more serious. People in Argentina are consumers. The coverage of this story and television is just another thing to be consumed. The government creates all these distractions; gives people things like this, television shows, football, etc., to distract them from the real issues. The powers from above don’t want people to think, just to consume.
It was unnecessary to have so much coverage everyday, even if it wasn’t solved yet, it was a minor case. It was very mysterious, but it was a huge percentage of the media coverage everyday. But the people were interested, maybe from morbid curiosity, and then eventually, the photos appeared in that popular tabloid. After that there was a huge reaction and rejection from the rest of the media, saying that they had gone too far, but at the same time, these same media outlets didn’t have any problem invading the personal life of the girl, taking pictures of her house, questioning her friends from school. None of this was necessary, it was done to feed this same curiosity of the people, same as this tabloid was doing was when it showed the photo of the girl dead.
We are following it like this because it’s so weird. And I think there is something weird going on here, because there is money for the media, for the politicians, because so many false testimonies came out. The stepfather is the cousin of a governor of Sante Fe. So this makes it more complicated. There may be some politics involved. This is my opinion. I think the case is going to be repeated, the case will return, the justice will be fairer.
We are spectators to what the justice department tells us, it seems like they have implicated the porter. But still there are people who don’t believe this. They believe it was another person, or it was the porter with someone else. A lot of people also think that the family is involved. They found some old Facebook pages that implied that maybe the mother and the stepfather were swingers, so this peaked the curiosity of the people, you can see how it is, so its weird on all sides, on the side of the family, on the side of the porter, we are all filled with the developments of the drama. It’s like a movie, a thriller. This is why the coverage was so huge. It has all the ingredients to make a movie very soon. Or maybe not, maybe the truth will never be known.
In my opinion, what they are doing with this sensational coverage and obsession over this case is covering political ideas, ideologies, problems that are happening with the presidency, and the government. They are using this, like as a front, to cover other problems that are much more serious and important. And that’s basically it.