A new story by my friend and colleague Myles Estey is in today’s edition of the Toronto Star newspaper.
“The authorities of Baja California know who the drug dealers in the state are, but they have not detained them.”
So reads the opening line of a feature story in Tijuana’s weekly newspaper, Zeta, which goes on to name known drug dealers and provide photos and details of their whereabouts.
In other parts of Mexico, this would be a death sentence for the writer. Mexican authorities say 75 journalists have been killed because of their work since the National Action Party (PAN) took power in 2000. Zeta saysthis number as low. Its investigation found that 69 journalists had been killed in the six years since Felipe Calderón started a military offensive against the drug cartels, and 101 since 2000. Another 12 are missing. And, in 2011 alone, it found 11 media offices across Mexico had been shot at or attacked with grenades.
You can read the full article here: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1164393–mexican-journalists-risk-death-to-do-their-jobs#article