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The discourse of public security in Mexico

The aim of this paper is to describe the debate on the drug war from the perspective of civil society work. Rather than a substantive approach to the problem, the aim is to understand how it is positioned. To this end, the dominant framings, derived narratives and points of tension in the debate are identified.

This report was constructed from several cycles of research and qualitative analysis. The first stage consisted of a literature review and a review of Mexican media coverage of the discussion on the militarisation of public security since 2006, and a preliminary mapping of organisations dealing with these issues. The second stage consisted of nine semi-structured interviews with representatives of the selected organisations, plus three semi-structured interviews for context and expansion. The third stage consisted of a qualitative analysis of the interviews and an additional documentary review. Finally, an analysis of the #SecurityWithoutWar hashtag and the online presence of each of the selected organisations was carried out.