[ View the story "Rise of the 'narcobloggers'" on Storify] Rise of the 'narcobloggers' In a country where reporting the drug war can mean death, Mexico's bloggers refuse to be silenced.
The Stream· Tue, Apr 09 2013 10:28:31
In 2010, the Mexican website
Blog del Narco
(BDN), dedicated to covering the Mexican drug war, was
by a journalist and a computer scientist. Due to the dangers associated with shedding light on drug-related crimes in Mexico, the site is run anonymously. "Lucy", the pseudonym for the woman running the blog, spoke to The Stream about being a journalist in Mexico.
In the first two months of 2010, eight journalists were
in the city of Reynosa. Here, one of the authors of the blog describes why it was started, and why it was needed:
Translation: Blog del Narco has created a window so that people can come to understand the violent acts that take place daily in Mexico, fighting the daily intentions of the media channels that decry us, when we only ever wanted that the truth be known.
Blog del Narco ha sido una ventana para que la gente conozca los hechos violentos que ocurren diariamente en México, librando diariamente el intento de algunos medios de comunicación por emitir opiniones contra nosotros, que solamente hemos querido que se conozca la verdad.blogdelnarco.com
The creators' upcoming book,
Dying for the Truth: Undercover Inside theMexican Drug War, will include images and text from BDN.
ScreenshotViaAmazon_Undercover Inside The Mexican Drug WarAJstream
Mexico has witnessed a rise in drug-related violence
to the offensive strategy implemented by former president Felipe Calderon. In an unforeseen circumstance, the government's offensive actually increased illegal activity by Mexican cartels.
The crackdown drove up the cost of running drugs and forced the cartels to expand their business model to haul in more cash. The result was lucrative submarkets for kidnapping, extortion, oil theft, and immigrant smuggling.world.time.com
The Violence of Mexican Drug Cartelsvisually
Violence against the media has caused some publications to stop reporting on drug-related crimes.
Mexican Drug Wars: Press Freedom Is the Latest Victim: El Diario newspaper in Ciudad Juarez runs a front-page edit...
'El Mañana' to be mum on drug war after 2nd attack in 2 months
Attacks on the press have continued into the first few months of 2013, as shown in this infographic provided by human rights organisation
Respuesta ficticiaArtículo 19
Here, ARTICLE 19 breaks down the aggression against Mexican press in more detailed terms, naming targeted publications and presenting the frequency of attacks against them.
Inforgrafía Ataques a mediosArtículo 19
In this video created by the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mexican reporter Javier Arturo Valdez Cárdenas recounts his experiences.
Organized Crime and Corruption: With Mexican Reporter Javier Arturo Valdez CárdenasCommittee to Protect Journalists
Adding to the dangerous climate is Mexico's low rate of solving crimes:
Mexico suffers from poor clearance rates for almost all crimes, including serious offences such as murder. A report calculated that the national impunity rate for homicides in 2010 was 80.4 per cent, with the worst rate – 96.4 per cent – in Chihuahua statecrisisgroup.org
Although the exact number of killed journalists in Mexico are difficult to verify, the numbers range from
In this video, Bernardo Ruiz, the director of "
", a documentary that follows a Mexican publication, discusses the state of journalism in Mexico:
Bernardo Ruiz on Violence Against Mexican Journalistsfuturejproject
Mexican citizen journalists, which began to increase in number as a
to the silence by some mainstream media, have not escaped the dangers that afflict their traditional counterparts.
Here, a sign placed next to the body of a dead Mexican blogger. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
this case as the first to be a direct response to social media posts.
In early March, Mexican crime watchdog Bravery for Tamaulipas
its Twitter and Facebook accounts. A $46,000 bounty was said to have been placed on whoever was behind the account.
Picture of the Facebook account before closing:
In total, there have been an estimated 2,882 people
in President Enrique Peña Nieto's first 100 days in office, causing some to question his strategy of shifting the "focus away from the drug war".
@yleil: 2,882 dead in the first three months of the #EPN (Enrique Peña Nieto) government; Chihuahua and Guerrero (states) are the most violent...WHAT STRATEGY!
2,882 muertos en los primeros 3 meses de gobierno de #EPN; Chihuahua y Guerrero los más violentos
|| QUÉ ESTRATEGIA!¥lgl
A history of corruption within government ranks may be why some citizens question government policy. The Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), president Nieto's party, was
when previously in power of "widespread corruption and collusion" with drug dealers.
@mmsoriano: The PRI governed in a context of corruption and complacence towards drug traffickers. From Le Monde.