Latin America: Can Their Violence Rates Decrease?
by danielam on September 6, 2017 - 12:09am
On August 22, 2017, Robert Muggah and Juan Carlos Garzón wrote an article, What it will take to stem the violence in Latin America, in the Los Angeles Times about the violence in Latin America. They talk about the violence in many cities of Latin America which makes the citizens feel unsafe most of the time. In a survey, conducted by a new campaign called Instinct for Life, it was found that Latin Americans believe that violence in their countries can be stopped with prevention strategies, like education and employment, rather than increasing the punishments for the criminals. Instinct for Life is sponsored by a partnership between more than 40 Latin American organizations from Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, México, and Venezuela- which are the 7 countries with more homicides in the region.
The Instinct for Life campaign’s objective is to cut the homicides rates in Latin America in half by 2030. The article concluded with measures that can successfully prevent more homicides which were taken from the Instinct for Life campaign. These strategies focus on the youth of the country to help them stay away from violence and focus on acquiring new skills school which will help them in their future jobs to have a better life.
I find this source is reliable because the LA Times is the “largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the United States” according to LA Times website and Wikipedia. They are known worldwide and they have won many prizes for their news articles. The Los Angeles Times is a big news company with a good reputation and they know that if they posted false information then they would be known as unreliable and many will stop believing their news. This article provides statistics and evidence for the authors' arguments and provided the link to the website where they got the information which also included many graphs and more statistics. This means that they researched the topic and found outside articles which assist in proving their argument.
Both authors, Muggah and Garzón, have a position in the Igarape Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “The Igarapé Institute is an independent think and do tank devoted to evidence-based policy and action on complex security, justice and development challenges in Brazil, Latin America, and Africa.” Their goal is to motivate debate, nurture communication, and initiate action. This gives them more credibility to their argument because they study, analyze and work with the Latin American community. They write about a subject they know and have researched for some years.
In order to know if a source is reliable certain things must be done. For example, you should look at the source itself, is it a big news company or a blog written by someone? Also, search for the author are they well-known writers or reporters? In the article, are there any outside links that give proof of the argument or is it all opinion based?