Covering Jamaica’s emergency online

By Dean Graber

Bloggers in Jamaica have been covering for many months the series of events that led to this week’s violence and state of emergency in Jamaica over the government’s decision to extradite an alleged drug lord to the United States. Global Voices Online’s Janine Mendes-Franco compiles reports from bloggers and social media users, as does Robert Mackey for The New York Times.

Both stories quote blogger Annie Paul as a source of breaking news. Early Tuesday, she reported hearing a radio station broadcasting news from the previous day. “Not a good sign,” she tweets. “Means the streets are still impassable and their reporters can’t get to home base?” The BBC’s Nick Davis gives this report from the streets of Kingston.

See reports from The Gleaner, the Jamaica Observer, and other sources.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.