Drug Cartels Use Women As Gun Runners

New America Now, Audio, Odette Keeley Posted: May 01, 2009

Editor's Note: Odette Keeley, news anchor for "Stories From The Ethnic Media" in NAM's radio program, "New America Now" on 91.7 FM KALW, talks to ethnic media professionals on stories in their news outlets and their take on the news of the day.

This week: Mexicos drug war continues to be a major battleground for both local authorities and the journalists covering it.

Recently, bureau chiefs of leading news outlets in the US-Mexican border; editors and journalism advocates gathered at Stanford University to discuss the implications of Mexicos narco-violence on journalism and U.S. national security. BELO TVs Border Bureau Chief Angela Kocherga discusses a story they aired last week about women in Mexico recruited by drug cartels as weapons purchasers and smugglers. Also at the Stanford forum was Alfredo Corchado, currently a Nieman fellow at Harvard University and long-time Mexico Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News, and he talks about the dangers he faces as a Mexican-American journalist covering narcoviolence.


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