Crime Reporting No Longer Illegal in Violent Mexican State of Sinaloa

After a popular backlash, the governor of Sinaloa said he would abolish a law making it a crime to write about crime in the notorious Mexican narco state

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—Making it a crime to report on crime: It sounds like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel. But in Sinaloa, a state in northern Mexico known for being a drug lord’s paradise, it was also briefly the law.

The state’s Congress approved a bill last week prohibiting journalists from publishing stories or photos about crime and violence, save for what’s printed in official government press releases. The government’s rationale was that the law would somehow help the justice system provide people accused of crimes with fair trials. The Mexican public, however, didn’t buy it.

After a popular backlash, Governor Mario López Váldez said he would abolish the law today. Lawmakers, meanwhile, tried to convince the public that the whole thing was a big misunderstanding—that they had accidentally rubber-stamped the bill without reading it because they were really busy. Continues

Scenes like this one from 2012, when authorities found the dismembered bodies of seven men in Culiacán, remain all too common in the state of Sinaloa.

Scenes like this one from 2012, when authorities found the dismembered bodies of seven men in Culiacán, remain all too common in the state of Sinaloa.

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