Oct 27, 2011

Drug War and Freedom of the Press: In treacherous Tijuana, editor Adela Navarro Bello’s risks are life-or-death

The Washington Post: "“When will this end?” Adela Navarro Bello, editor of the Tijuana newsweekly Zeta, asked with a look of ire. ... “In Mexico the crimes against journalists are never solved,” Navarro said. “The special prosecutor’s office for crimes against journalists keeps saying, ‘It wasn’t because of their work as journalists.’ It’s terrible. What is the message? That in Mexico you can assassinate a journalist and not go to jail?”

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, and Tijuana, the sunny, friendly Pacific Coast border city that has been marred by drug cartel violence, has been a punishing home for Zeta. ... On Thursday in New York, the International Women’s Media Foundation will give Navarro its Courage in Journalism award because “she has refused to remain silent, despite repeated warnings that she is being targeted by drug cartels.”" read more

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