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Topic “drug trafficking”

Debate on drug legalization hits mainstream press in newspapers throughout the Americas

With Mexico and Central America suffering record levels of violence -- mostly due to escalated drug trafficking -- Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina intends to raise the controversial issue of drug legalization at the Sixth Summit of the Americas, to be held in Cartagena, Colombia, April 14-15. As an analysis by three former presidents from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico noted, 40 years of concentrated drug-fighting efforts have done nothing to reduce ever-increasing drug production and use, making it time for the region to take a new approach, according to an article published in news outlets throughout the region, including The Huffington Post. Read more »


Argentine journalist again receives threats related to investigation into drug trafficking

The Argentine newspaper La Capital, based in the city of Rosario, said that one of its journalists received anonymous threats, apparently related to the journalist's investigations into the drug trafficking of ephedrine, reported the newspaper La Nueva Provincia. Read more »


Journalist in Paraguay accuses senator of making death threats

A Paraguayan journalist said he received a death threat from Senator Robert Acevedo, reported the newspaper ABC Color on Friday, March 2. The senator denied the accusations, saying that it was an attempt to cause him political harm, added ABC Color. Read more »


Former Mexican attorney general sues journalist for libel over book on drug trafficking


An ex-attorney general sued a Mexican journalist and publishing house for libel over passages published in the book "Los Señores del Narco," or "The Drug Lords," reported Radio Formula. Read more »


Journalists gather at IRE workshop to discuss reporting under pressure, violence along U.S.-Mexico border


Guest post by Lise Olsen, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) board member from 2007-2011, and director of IRE-Mexico from 1996-1998.

Twenty leading journalists gathered in Mexico City on Friday, Feb. 18, to exchange information and discuss ways that Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) can continue to help reporters who, under pressure and often at great personal risk, continue to do investigative reporting on U.S.-Mexico border topics such as children victimized by cartel violence, wasteful government spending, political corruption, cartel operations, as well as the huge economic and social costs of our two nations’ war on drugs. Read more »


Intercepted prison phone call warns Paraguayan journalist of assassination plot

Brazilian police alerted a Paraguayan journalist of a plot to kill him, reported the newspaper Última Hora. The plot to kill Cándido Figueredo, correspondent for ABC Color in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay, was discovered by Brazilian authorities after intercepting a telephone call. Read more »


Press groups urge thorough investigation into killing of Brazilian radio reporter

The International Association of Radio Broadcasters (AIR) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) asked the Brazilian authorities to carefully investigate the killing of journalist Laércio de Souza, a reporter for Rádio Sucesso in Camaçari, Bahia, reported the websites G1 and Terra. Read more »



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