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September 11, 2013
Insight with Anabel Hernández: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers
Frontline Club, London
September 11, 2013
7.00pm - 8.30pm
Frontline Club, London
13 Norfolk Place
London, W2 1QJ United Kingdom
Anabel Hernández joins Ed Vulliamy to discuss Narcoland - an explosive bestseller on Mexico’s drug cartels and the politicians and businesses that that enable them
Corruption grows through silence. If journalists of my generation keep silent, if we give up our work [out of] fear of complicity, journalists after us will be condemned to kneel to this corruption. I hope we will live ... and see that that never happens. —Anabel Hernández

To celebrate the publication of Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers, author Anabel Hernández will be visiting the UK to deliver a first-hand account of the incalculable violence wrought by the “war on drugs.”

In Mexico officials put the number of deaths from narco violence at 70,000 in the last six years, with another 27,000 missing. Outside of Mexico news of shocking brutality, revenge killings and bloody warnings sent via mutilated bodies abound in the media. Yet despite this, much of the journalism on the topic fails to helps us understand the roots of the violence.

In Narcoland, Anabel Hernández takes an in-depth look at the 35-year genesis of drug production and trafficking in Mexico. It includes extensive interviews with drug lords and government officials, and is the first book to definitively link the rise of the drug cartels in Mexico to government and business complicity at the very highest levels. A wakeup call to all of us, Anabel Hernández explains how Mexico has become a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America and paints a damning picture of state power penetrated by narco interests.

In 2012, she was awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom by the World Association of Newspapers in recognition of her fearless work exposing drug cartels. She said in her acceptance speech: "The crisis within Mexico with regard to freedom of expression has been devastating... the government has criminalised murdered journalists in general, as well as anyone who tries to defend them. To live in silence with regard to how corruption, crime and impunity continue to empower themselves in my country is also to die. I continue to denounce the decay of Mexico and the collusion of politicians, public servants and high-level businessmen with Mexican drug cartels."

Anabel Hernández will be joined by Ed Vulliamy at the Frontline Club on the 11th September to talk about her work recording and investigating the shocking brutality of narco violence and the complexity of the cartels, their rivalries and their links to government and business.

Book now on the Frontline website.

Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers by Anabel Hernández publishes in September.