“I thought I could work in the mornings at CM& and in the afternoons at art, but these are full-time jobs.” For now, Mauricio Gomez.
To Mauricio Gomez He doesn’t really like giving interviews. He prefers to be on the other side, investigating, searching for the truth where others do not arrive or do not want to look. He doesn’t like to pose for photos either, he would prefer a profile photo and from afar to remain anonymous, at least visually, as he does in his television chronicles, where his image barely slips through.
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With his calm walk, dressed in cotton pants and shirt, and black rubber-soled shoes, he seems to have declared his independence from the tie very comfortably. This garment, which accompanied him for more than 20 years while he directed the disappeared 24 hour news, was archived.
He says so. What has remained the same since the 1980s, when the country knew him as a reporter and presenter of the news, is his slow speech and his serious, almost ceremonial tone of voice, which identified the beginning of the news, every day at seven o’clock. the night on Channel One: “This is the Newscast 24 hours”. With that style he returned to the trade three years ago, after receiving a very seductive proposal: to make the documentary Colombia livesfor the celebration of 25 years of the magazine Week.
“They put it on a silver platter because it was about the story of the years in which I was the news director,” he says. Thus he returned to the trade that he had left frozen during his exile due to death threats, and for dedicating himself fully to art.
That was the proof that the journalistic vein of Mauricio Gomez was still alive. At the end of the documentary, Yamid Amat convinced him to make an investigative and denunciatory space that little exists in the dizzying dynamics of Colombian newscasts.
Thus arose the Chronicles of Mauritius Gomez on the CM& newscast. More than two years have passed since he began this adventure, which has also given him a lost privilege on television: more time to investigate, produce and broadcast his chronicles. “There I try to show the problems of the regions with a little more time than the news of a newscast. With the denunciation there is always a risk, but one tries not to be afraid because things could not be done”.
His work has been concentrated on making reports that take him almost a month between fieldwork, research, writing and editing, and that are issued in four or five four-minute installments. “The chronicles can only be done well like this,” she says. A valid clarification because in recent years a story that lasts more than a minute is considered very long.
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With this look, Mauricio has traveled a large part of the country avoiding the goat and the scandal, which are the highlight of the news. Quibdó, Leticia, La Guajira, Cesar and Córdoba are some of the regions he has visited to show how corruption eats away at towns and cities.
Situations that are perhaps not very different from those that happened in his days as a reporter but are now treated differently. “Before, the newscasts had fewer topics but they were deeper. Now the news, whether serious or less serious, have the same duration and that does not allow us to get to the bottom of things. In addition, the entertainment section, which is very long, was stuck at the end. Independent programs could be made of those topics, entertainment and news should be separated.
This new news scheme, in addition to technological advances, are somehow challenges for Mauricio Gomez. From his pocket he takes out a low-end cell phone. He confesses that he has not needed the Blackberry or the iPad, and shows that he is a user but not dependent on the technological revolution.
Hers is more mystical because of the job and that’s why she distances herself. “The Internet is a huge competition and makes newscasts look like pachyderms. The information there is not always true or verifiable, that is true light journalism and we are settling for the first tidbit. I think the internet has acquired a position of apology: I don’t look for something, I don’t read a book because if I need it I find it there”.
But this is not why he feels nostalgia, it is simply a critical position in front of a television that he describes as a desert. “We are imprisoned by a regimen of soap operas outside of which there is no salvation. There is no possibility that a channel will accept a different program. Good television pays a tax and that is to be broadcast at the time when everyone is asleep”.
That is why his chronicles make him a privileged journalist and his attention will continue to denounce the misuse of resources. The environment is also a pending issue and his passion for finding the truth has already stolen a space for his other job, the artistic one. “I thought he could work in the mornings at CM& and in the afternoons in art, but these are full-time jobs.” For now, Mauricio Gomez.
- Born in Bogota.
- Profession: lawyer, journalist and plastic artist.
Mourning in journalism for the death of Mauricio Gómez
This Friday, May 13, it was learned that the journalist and writer Mauricio Gómez Escobar, son of the politician, Álvaro Gómez Hurtado, died at the age of 73 in Bogotá due to health issues.
In his career as a journalist, he consecrated himself telling chronicles in CM& together with Yamid Amat. Thanks to her hard work, she brought to the media a large part of the investigations into the assassination of her father, Álvaro Gómez, his father.
He was a lawyer, an artist, but journalism always fascinated him. He was passionate about interviewing, but not giving so many interviews or being photographed at social events. Mauricio toured a large part of the country avoiding the chiva and the scandal, which are the highlight of the news. Quibdó, Leticia, La Guajira, Cesar and Córdoba are some of the regions that he visited to show how corruption eats away at these towns and cities.
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