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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) is a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada, a founding reporter of the news weekly Río doce and a contributor to the blog Nuestra Aparente Rendición (NAR). His chronicles have been published in ProcesoGatopardo and Emeequis. He was the journalistic consultant for the television series Señorita Pólvora, for Sony Television.


Other books: De azoteas y olvidosMala yerbaMiss Narco –finalist for the 2010 Rodolfo Walsh Prize awarded at the Semana Negra in Gijón, España–, Los morros del narcoLevantones and Con una granada en la boca.


Awards: International Award for Freedom of the Press (USA), María Moors Cabot Prize (USA), PEN Club Award for editorial excellence (UK).