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Topic “drug trafficking”

Mexican governor asks press to help change image of Sinaloa, a state racked by drug violence

The Mexican governor of Sinaloa asked the press to change the image of this western state when reporting about drug trafficking and organized crime, reported the radio station Radio Fórmula. Read more »

Three Mexican photojournalists found dismembered in Veracruz had been threatened since 2011

After authorities identified the bodies of two tortured and killed Mexican photojournalists, the Attorney General of the Mexican state of Veracruz confirmed that the other two dismembered bodies found on Thursday, May 3, also belonged to employees of the local press, reported the Program of Freedom of Expression of the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics. Drug cartels are considered suspects in the killings, which highlight the dangers of reporting in parts of Mexico, the Houston Chronicle and the Globe and Main reported. Read more »

Protesters demand justice in killing of Mexican crime reporter

The killing of a Mexican crime reporter in the eastern state of Veracruz sparked outrage and protests as the public demanded a thorough investigation and punishment for those responsible. Journalist Regina Martínez, correspondent for the Mexican newsmagazine Proceso, was found dead in her home on Saturday, April 28, reported the BBC News. Read more »

Mexican cartel threatens to burn down newspaper, radio station

Alleged leaders of the cartel Zetas threatened a local newspaper and radio station in the small city of Izúcar de Matamoros, in southeast Mexico, reported the news site Read more »

Debate on drug legalization hits mainstream press in newspapers throughout the Americas

With Mexico and Central America suffering record levels of violence -- mostly due to escalated drug trafficking -- Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina intends to raise the controversial issue of drug legalization at the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14-15. As an analysis by three former presidents from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico noted, 40 years of concentrated drug-fighting efforts have done nothing to reduce ever-increasing drug production and use, making it time for the region to take a new approach, according to an article published in news outlets throughout the region, including The Huffington Post. Read more »

Argentine journalist again receives threats related to investigation into drug trafficking

The Argentine newspaper La Capital, based in the city of Rosario, said that one of its journalists received anonymous threats, apparently related to the journalist's investigations into the drug trafficking of ephedrine, reported the newspaper La Nueva Provincia. Read more »

Journalist in Paraguay accuses senator of making death threats

A Paraguayan journalist said he received a death threat from Senator Robert Acevedo, reported the newspaper ABC Color on Friday, March 2. The senator denied the accusations, saying that it was an attempt to cause him political harm, added ABC Color. Read more »

Former Mexican attorney general sues journalist for libel over book on drug trafficking

An ex-attorney general sued a Mexican journalist and publishing house for libel over passages published in the book "Los Señores del Narco," or "The Drug Lords," reported Radio Formula. Read more »

Journalists gather at IRE workshop to discuss reporting under pressure, violence along U.S.-Mexico border

Guest post by Lise Olsen, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) board member from 2007-2011, and director of IRE-Mexico from 1996-1998.

Twenty leading journalists gathered in Mexico City on Friday, Feb. 18, to exchange information and discuss ways that Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) can continue to help reporters who, under pressure and often at great personal risk, continue to do investigative reporting on U.S.-Mexico border topics such as children victimized by cartel violence, wasteful government spending, political corruption, cartel operations, as well as the huge economic and social costs of our two nations’ war on drugs. Read more »


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