The Price of Mexico’s Drug War Marcela Turati Muñoz

2014 Oslo Freedom Forum
October 21, 2014

Mexican investigative reporter Marcela Turati Muñoz reports on the frontlines of Mexico’s War on Drugs, a narco-civil war that has killed over 100,000 people, with tens of thousands more “disappeared.” For daring to report on this violence, Mexican journalists have become victims of threats, torture, abductions, and murder. Turati explains that it is not just the cartels that suffocate the press – her own government is also complicit, as they buy the silence of the media to hide the true scale of the violence. In the face of this horror, Turati reminds us that Mexican journalists need the world’s support and that press freedom is ultimately the bedrock of any free and open society.