‘To Die Would Be To Stop Writing’

To die would be to stop writing,” my friend Javier Valdez Cárdenas once said, to explain why he persisted in reporting and writing about Mexican drug trafficking and its victims despite the dangers.
Javier’s latest column for the weekly Ríodoce, which he founded in 2003, was published on Monday, detailing abuse at a drug-treatment center.
award acceptance speech, “I have told of the tragedy Mexico is living, a tragedy that should shame us.
Their DNA is tattooed with bullets and guns and blood, and this is a form of killing tomorrow.
“This is really messed up, bato,” he would tell me frequently, using Mexican slang to describe the wave of unprecedented violence affecting the Mexican media.

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