Monday, February 05, 2007

Reporters risk death reporting on the drug cartels

Good overview on the plight of the press in the "Narco Democracy" south of the border. A nice turn of phrase I took from this article.

It was almost a year ago that three masked gunmen armed with grenades and assault rifles stormed into the newsroom at El Manana, a daily paper in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, killing one reporter and leaving a second paralyzed for life.

Goes on to detail the same things that fill this blog. Ends with this quote:

“This whole country is ruled by the drug traffickers,” one reporter says.

“Even the highest officials won’t cross them. So why should we journalists be exempt? Even the federal government can’t control them. The truth is, we have become a narco-democracy. Our country’s ruling elite is not its business class or its politicians but the drug lords.”

Media Life Magazine


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