Literature in the News

Martin Solares chronicles the tension between law enforcement and the media that surrounds the violence in a fictional Mexican city in The Black Minutes, reviewed in Issue 2 by Kate Gwynne. Today the BBC reports a Mexican newspaper has made a front page appeal to the drug cartels: tell us what you want.

Describing the drug lords as the “de facto authorities” within Ciudad Juarez, the newspaper asked the cartels: “We ask you to explain what you want from us, what we should try to publish or not publish, so we know what to expect.”

This in response to the paper’s losing two reporters to cartel violence in recent weeks. The editor is quoted as saying that no story is worth the life of another reporter. Check out the BBC’s article, read Kate Gwynne’s review of The Black Minutes here, and find The Black Minutes here.


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