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Javier Valdez Cárdenas


Narcos & Co. / Science

  • Published: 01/09/2016
  • ISBN: 9786073147118
  • 272 pages

The illegal drug trade has an extraordinary influence on the information that is available in the media.   This book is an extremely well-researched investigation on the ways in which narcotrafficking destroys or seduces journalists. With a fiercely belligerent yet deeply human tone, Valdez Cárdenas reveals who has been victimized by drug dealers for seeking the truth, for writing bravely about their impunity and the injustices, while describing the actions of those reporters and analysts who collaborate with the narcos by trafficking information and highly paid services. This is an essential book for understanding the politics and society of contemporary Mexico, which is engaged in a war without precedent.

About the author

MEXICO – Javier Valdez Cárdenas (Culiacán, 1967 – 2017). From 1998, he was a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada, a founding reporter of the news weekly Ríodoce and a contributor to the blog Nuestra Aparente Rendición (NAR). His reports have been published in ProcesoGatopardo, Emeequis and Horizontal. In October 2011, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) awarded him the International Press Freedom Award in New York for his “brave coverage of drug trafficking and putting names and faces to its victims”. In 2011, with the team at Ríodoce, they received the María Moors Cabot Prize from the prestigious Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University, New York. In 2013, the team also won The PEN Club prize for Editorial Excellence. In 2014, Quién magazine named him as one of the 50 most influential people in Mexico. This was also the year he won the National Prize for Journalism. He was also the journalistic consultant for the television series Señorita Pólvora, for Sony Television.

He is the author of the books De azoteas y olvidos (Culiacán), Malayerba (Jus Ediciones) & Miss Narco (a finalist for the 2010 Rodolfo Walsh Prize awarded at the Semana Negra in Gijón, Spain), The Narco Kids, Levantones, With a Grenade in Your Mouth, Narcotrafficking’s Orphans and Narcojournalism, all published with Aguilar.