Bristol, BS1 5TX United Kingdom
In Mexico officials put the number of deaths from narco violence at 70,000 in the last six years, with another 27,000 missing. In her new book Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their God Fathers, Anabel Hernández explores how Mexico has become a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America as well as one of the most violent places on the planet for journalists. A publishing and political sensation in Mexico, it is the first book to definitively link the rise of the drug cartels to government and business complicity at the very highest levels. Because of this book, and the subsequent death threats she received, Anabel Hernández is under the watch of two 24-hour bodyguards assigned by the Human Rights Commission.
In 2012 Hernández was awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom by the World Association of Newspapers in recognition of her fearless work exposing the 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.’
Join Anabel Hernández on this rare occasion in the UK as she talks about her work investigating the complexity of the cartels and their links to government officials, the shocking brutality of narco violence throughout the region, as well as her life as journalist exposing the very workings of the South American drug world - despite ongoing death threats from some of Mexico’s most dangerous criminals.
This event is free but pre-booking is essential. To reserve a place, click HERE. Please note that you will need to show your ticket on the door to gain entry.
Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their God Fathers by Anabel Hernandez publishes at the beginning of September.