How One Reporter Uncovered the US Role in a Mexico Massacre

In 2011, Miguel Ángel Treviño and his brother Omar, two of the most wanted drug kingpins in Mexico, sent members of the criminal syndicate Zetas to murder and disappear entire families in Allende, Mexico. ProPublica’s Ginger Thompson spent two years investigating the role of the US Drug Enforcement Administration in the massacre by gaining the trust of the citizens in the town.

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The figures are grim for our colleagues around the world. Since 1992, more than 1,300 journalists have been killed, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Well over 700 of them have been murdered with impunity; that is, no killer was ever brought to justice. And today, more than 250 journalists are in prison worldwide, many for doing what would be considered routine reporting in much of the world. The problem, moreover, appears to be growing worse.The latest data show attacks and killings at near record levels. Although high profile killings of Western journalists — like Marie Colvin or Daniel Pearl — get international attention, the vast majority of fatalities are staff members of local media.