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Topic “drug trafficking”

Uruguayan journalist threatened after story on prison drug network

After publishing a story on drug dealing in an Uruguayan prison, La República newspaper reporter Víctor Carrato received emailed threats, Montevideo Portal reports. Read more »

Mexican journalist and his family killed in Veracruz

Journalist Miguel Ángel López Velasco, a security and drug trafficking expert, was killed in his home with his wife and son in the eastern port city of Veracruz, The Associated Press reports. Read more »

Border newspaper accuses Mexican police of harassment and intimidation

Norte newspaper, based in the U.S.-Mexico border city of Cuidad Juárez, denounced a series of incidents against its reporters by federal police forces tasked with fighting organized crime and drug trafficking, the National Center for Social Communication (CENCOS in Spanish) reports. Read more »

Reporter shot to death in northern Mexico

With the Mexican press still reeling from the recent disappearance of one journalist and the appearance in a hidden grave of the body of another journalist, now local media are reporting the June 14 killing of reporter Pablo Ruelas Barraza in Huatabampo, in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. Read more »

Mexican editor criticizes U.S. newspapers for lack of front-page coverage of drug trafficking

U.S. newspapers should do a much better job covering drug trafficking in their own cities, charged a Mexican editor who argues the drug cartels love nothing better than to limit coverage of their deadly activities. Read more »

One journalist kidnapped, another seriously injured in continued violence against the press in Mexico

The wave of violence against journalists in Mexico appears to have no end. Even as Mexican media outlets on June 9 reported the kidnapping of journalist Marco Antonio López Ortiz, information chief for the newspaper Novedades Acapulco in the state of Veracruz, journalists remained on alert because of the beating journalist Carlos de Jesús Rodríguez, director of the news site, suffered while in jail. Read more »

Guatemalan journalists meet to improve election coverage and strengthen digital reporting network

The meeting began with a moment of silence for slain television journalist Yensi Roberto Ordoñez Galdamez. Nearly 80 journalists bowed their heads as they gathered for the “3rd International Meeting of Journalists from the Departments and the Capital of Guatemala.” Their mission: to bring journalists together for training and dialogue in hopes of improving coverage of the upcoming elections. Read more »

Body of missing Mexican journalist found in hidden grave

The Mexican police found the body of journalist Noel López Olguín in a clandestine grave in Chinameca, Veracruz, The Associated Press and Milenio report. The journalist disappeared March 8, presumably kidnapped by drug traffickers. Read more »

Applications open for Knight Center course: The Coverage of Drug Trafficking

Veteran Colombian journalist Alvaro Sierra thinks many journalists make a crucial mistake when covering drug trafficking. They tend to treat it just as a crime story instead of the intricate international problem that it is. This is one of the main topics of the online course that Sierra will teach from June 20th-July 24th, 2011. Read more »


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