Narco News 2001
Call to Action
for Issue # 10...
To Our 500+ Subscribers;
To Our 25,000 readers per day;
To Our Correspondents in 24 countries;
To Authentic Journalists Everywhere;
To International Civil Society:
two weeks on the road with the indigenous
Zapatista caravan in Mexico, we are back in the NarcoNewsroom
and preparing Issue #10 of The Narco News Bulletin for publication
in the next few days.
We greatly appreciate the interest by
subscribers, rank-and-file readers, authentic journalists and
our correspondents in two dozen countries toward our intensive
coverage of the Zapatista caravan. With an average of 25,000
readers a day, we played a significant part in breaking the information
blockade on the immediate history from the heart of the hemisphere.
Many journalists who read Narco News informed
us during these weeks that our coverage played a key role in
forcing greater global coverage of the immediate history that,
as Noam Chomsky alerted through our translation, the control
rooms of the English-language press did not want to report.
Evidence of this victory in authentic
journalism was clear yesterday, when, after Narco News sharply
criticized Associated Press twice last week for its distortions
and untruths reported on the Zapatista Caravan story, the major
dailies throughout the United States - from Dallas to LA to NY
to DC to Houston and beyond - bypassed AP and sent their own
correspondents to cover the transcendant arrival of the indigenous
on the Mexico City Zócalo. Dailies from Miami to San Francisco
abandoned their reliance on AP and used stories from other dailies
or news services to cover the Sunday Apotheosis. The coverage,
at least for a day, was vastly improved.
Increasingly, Narco News plays this role:
The commercial media now knows that it has less room to fictionalize
the facts of what happens in the rest of our América.
Those who try to distort are now called on it; the careers of
some dishonest correspondents have already fallen, as you know,
due to the truths we have published. May they all continue to
look over their shoulders and worry about the fate that awaits
the professional simulators and distorters of the facts.
Our own daily coverage of the caravan,
meanwhile, served as an example of what authentic journalism
concentrated upon a major story could or should look like.
As Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatista
Commanders have vowed to remain in Mexico City until the federal
Congress ratifies the San Andrés Accords, we will continue
to cover the legislative processes, especially as they relate
to issues of local autonomy on drug policy in the coming days
But now, also, we must redouble our coverage
of the rest of our América, and the US-imposed war on
drugs, including the continued failures of Plan Colombia and
the growing drug policy reform movement in many regions that
rarely is mentioned in the English language press. We must also
continue to monitor and report on the dirty war being waged covertly
by Washington and Langley in the Andes and beyond, with the drug
war as its pretext to push other agendas against democracy, freedom
We will also be looking ahead to the so-called
"Summit of the Americas" in Quebec City scheduled for
April by the Organization of American States. The governments
and regional control networks like OAS are working furiously
to prevent a debate or any discussion of all about drug policy
between nations. It touches upon us to force the issue onto the
media agenda of that artificial and top-down "summit."
Thus, we call upon our readers and correspondents
to submit news, stories, original commentary and columns on the
international drug war throughout América for immediate
Whether Issue #10 will be the final issue
of Narco News remains to be seen, given the expensive and censorious
lawsuit by key players in the narco system who seek to censor
We are making assessments now. In the
end, our decision on whether Narco News can continue publishing
or not will come down to whether we have the minimum defense
funds to answer the Banamex-Akin Gump complaint on the court
deadline of April 9th.
If you have not made a contribution already
to our defense fund, please do it today. Checks can be made out
War on Trial
c/o Thomas Lesser, Esq.
39 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060 U.S.A.
is not a slogan to say that whether
there will be an issue #11 or a second year of publication for
Narco News depends on you.
Regardless, whether issue #10 is the final
issue, or the dawn of a new beginning for us and our now 25,000
readers a day, as always, your participation as correspondents
in this project of authentic citizen journalism is necessary
to inform Civil Society of what is really happening.
In these coming three weeks, we will be
burning the midnight oil and pulling out all the stops to fight
for our survival as we reiterate our existence - in the present
- with Issue #10 of The Narco News Bulletin.
This publication has no advertisers, no
compromises with power and no corporate owner. Our only capital
is your trust, and our only investors are your eyes, hearts,
minds, hands and pens.
With three weeks left to save Narco News,
salud y abrazo,
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