Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Project Exile: After cartel kidnapping, Mexican cameraman fled to U.S.
By  • 9 February 2018
“What I prayed for was that if they killed me, they would leave my body in sight…That way I would not be a ‘desaparecido.’” The men from the Sinaloa cartel had made a mistake, and…
Brazil prison conditions fuel gang crisis
By  • 1 February 2018
Back in January 2017, Brazil experienced a wave of massive and grisly prison riots. More than 130 inmates were killed in a few weeks in fighting between rival gangs. Many of the of the dead…
A lens on Venezuelan street crime
By  • 5 May 2017
"The drug trade is why we still have the government we have." Adriana Fernández first wielded a camera at the age of 16 to take pictures of friends involved in the graffiti scene in her…
Venezuela's other crisis: drug trafficking
By  • 4 May 2017
Venezuela may be mired in political and economic crisis. But governance in the country is also undermined by the involvement of senior government officials in the drug trade. Among those sanctioned or facing criminal charges…
Reviving Colombia's peace process
By  • 27 October 2016
Colombia's government and negotiators from the FARC guerrilla group spent four years negotiating a peace agreement backed by the U.N., Cuba and the U.S. President Juan Manuel Santos even won the Nobel Peace Prize for…
Philippines press leader speaks out on bloodshed
By  • 13 October 2016
"Most of those who've been killed so far in the drug war come from the very same social strata to whom [Duterte] appealed most... the poor." Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't like criticism. Since taking office…
Project Exile: Corruption coverage causes Mexican reporter's flight
By  • 8 April 2016
"Never did I imagine that all the darkness in my life would transform into light." Héctor Salazar had worked in various Mexican government communications jobs for years before he decided to follow his heart into…
Mexican official links jailed cartel leader to journalist slaying
By  • 16 February 2016
The governor of Mexico's Veracruz state has blamed a jailed leader of the Zetas cartel for the recent abduction and killing of a local journalist who covered crime. Governor Javier Duarte said via Twitter that…
Colombia's deal with the FARC
By  • 15 October 2015
For 50 years Marxist rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, have battled that country’s government in Latin America’s longest-running insurgency. During that time, more than 200,000 people have been…
An explainer: Colombia's armed groups
By , , • 15 October 2015
As a peace deal with the FARC nears, pressure is rising on other armed groups Colombia has suffered decades of civil conflicts, claiming more than 220,000 lives since the 1960s. Drug-fueled violence has forced more…
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