Killed in Mexico’s drug wars: Honest reporting
As CPJ reports,
While there are correspondents from national news organizations based in Zacatecas, they can’t report the truth either. They are no safer than the local press, and they work under local rules. Even if correspondents were foolhardy enough to file stories that gave a true picture of what happened at the beginning of the Zetas’ takeover and what is happening today, editors in Mexico City tell CPJ, they won’t publish stories that will put their correspondents’ lives in danger. So the Mexican public as a whole has been kept in the dark about Zacatecas. The state has been taken over by homicidal gangsters, and people who rely on the Mexican national press still don’t know.
In short, even the mainstream media outside of Mexico are out of touch and will stay that way.
New media may help in the long run for a structural reason: They feature no “gatekeeper” role such as held by the veteran journalist quoted above, who felt she had failed. New media are more like ham radio operators in an emergency. There are risks, but there is no sense in which one fails in an official duty if one does not take those risks. More.
Reality check: When media are afraid to report the news, there’s another casualty: Informed decision-making and voting.
See also: But they are not “news giants” any more And, as we struggle to explain, we are constantly tripped up by confusing terminology.