Past Features

May 21, 2017

Killing the truth about the
Mexican drug war

Slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas
San Francisco Chronicle -- May 19, 2017
Why Americans must heed attacks on Mexican journalists
    Amid the accusations and insults President Trump hurls at the U.S. media, it's easy to ignore that there is a real, shooting war on the press --- and it's happening in Mexico.
    In little more than the past two months, six journalists have been gunned down in various parts of the country. The newspaper Norte in the border city of Ciudad Juarez ceased to publish, saying the business of journalism had become too dangerous.
    The most brazen case occurred Monday in western Sinaloa state, where journalist and author Javier Valdez Cárdenas, known for his investigations into the drug trade, was stopped by gunmen in his car and shot to death near the offices of the weekly Ríodoce, which he helped found in 2003. Sinaloa is home to Mexico's powerful drug cartel of the same name, once headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is in the United States awaiting trial. [...]
    In Mexico, the deadliest terrain for journalists is where government and cartel interests intersect. Reporter Miroslava Breach was killed March 23 in the northern city of Chihuahua, shot eight times as she was leaving her home with one of her children. Three weeks earlier, Breach published an article about links between local mayoral candidates and organized crime.
    The killer of journalist Marcos Hernandez Bautista in 2016 in southern Oaxaca state was a police chief.

Glenn Spencer -- May 21, 2017
At least I'm still breathing
    Eight years ago I announced that I had discovered a link between the construction of new border fencing and the Mexican drug war.
    The discovery was made possible through Operation B.E.E.F., during which I flew an airplane along the border and documented the progress of the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
    By recording the month-to-month progress, I was able to link the amount of fencing that was in place to the number of people killed in the Mexican drug war. The correlation was so amazing, I held press conference at the National Press Club to report my findings.
    Nobody from the press showed up and, in the ensuing eight years, I can find not one mention of my argument. In fact, the mainstream media even refuse to report on ABP's excellent work in mapping the status of the border fence, including photographs of what it really looks like.
    I have been journalizing the fight over illegal immigration and border security for twenty-five years, including a video --- Conquest of Aztlan --- that is marketed by World Net Daily.
    For speaking the truth about the Mexican drug war --- and illegal immigration --- I am blacked out by the mainstream media. They even black out news of my patented invention for securing the border.
    In Mexico, they murder journalists who write the truth about the drug war.
    At least I am still breathing.

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