The death of Mexican news in the age of drug cartels

As deadline descended on El Mañana’s newsroom and reporters rushed to file their stories, someone in the employ of a local drug cartel called with a demand from his crime boss.

The caller was a journalist for another newspaper, known here as an enlace, or “link” to the cartel. The compromised journalist barked out the order: Publish an article saying the mayor in Matamoros had not paid the cartel $2 million a month in protection fees, as an El Mañana front-page story had alleged the day before.

“They want us to say he’s not guilty,” the editor who took the call told his colleagues during the episode in late October.

  • David Murrell

    A compelling story. Perhaps Rolling Stone could hire Sean Penn to do an investigative piece on Mexico’s media, all of this approved by El Chapo of course.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I don’t see this as terrible different than how the “journalists” north of the Rio Grande act. Instead of being in fear of their lives, they are in fear of their careers, if they were to actually tell the truth.