Are Media Asking the Wrong Questions about El Chapo?


Only six months after escaping from Mexico’s highest security prison through a mile-long tunnel, drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is once again in the news — this time for his recapture and stranger-than-fiction meeting with American actor Sean Penn.

Penn’s Rolling Stone interview set off a media storm, still playing out across news and entertainment pages around the world. Most of those stories leave questions unanswered about the state of Mexican media and what role international press play in covering violence and drug trade in Mexico.

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