Magazine article New Internationalist

The World According to Illegal Drugs

Magazine article New Internationalist

The World According to Illegal Drugs

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Journalism isn't a bad profession. It can have its risks, dangers and limitations, depending on what you do and where you do it. But, by and large, it isn't life-threatening.

Unless, like Sandra Rodriguez, you live just on the Mexican side of the border with the United States.

Sandra works for El Diario, a newspaper in Ciudad Juárez. She investigates crime and corruption in a city torn apart by the 'war on drugs'. This is a place where journalists are routinely murdered for just doing their job.

The courage and persistence of Sandra and other reporters, who have lost colleagues when death threats turned real, takes your breath away. It shows a commitment to freedom of speech, to talking truth to power, way beyond what most of us will ever be called upon to prove. Writing in this month's issue of New Internationalist on legalizing drugs, Sandra startlingly evokes what it is like to live and report, day-by-day, in the cauldron of impunity. …

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