Post Opinión Editor María Jesús Zevallos, Executive Editor Martin Baron, and contributing columnist León Krauze discussed the relationship between media and power in a special event in Mexico City marking the launch of the Spanish-language Post Opinión page. (Denise Olay for The Washington Post)

The Washington Post on Wednesday hosted a special live conversation in Mexico City with Executive Editor Martin Baron and Global Opinions Writer and Univision anchor León Krauze to mark the recent launch of The Post’s new Spanish-language opinion page, Post Opinión.

The conversation, which was moderated by Post Opinión editor María Jesús Zevallos, centered around the challenges the press faces in covering the presidential administrations in both countries.

“A free press is a fundamental part of a democracy,” said Baron. “It’s not enough to have this freedom. It must be exercised.”


Post Opinión Editor Mael Vallejo shares opening remarks at a special event in Mexico City marking the launch of the Spanish-language Post Opinión page. (Denise Olay for The Washington Post) (Denie/The Washington Post)

Krauze and Baron also highlighted some opportunities for press coverage in the U.S. and Mexico to improve.

"In Latin America , we have become obsessed with what politicians do. What makes a difference is focusing on the people who don’t have a voice, " said Krauze. “For example, where are the stories of Central American migrants in the Mexican media?”

The event was streamed live by Mexican digital news site Animal Político. Watch the full discussion here.

For additional highlights from the event, check out WashPostPR on Twitter and follow the hashtag #Elevaeldebate. Follow Post Opinión on Twitter for the latest columns published on the page.