By Carlos A. Gutiérrez
Two weeks ago, on Thursday, March 24th, a group conformed by some of the largest and most influential media conglomerates in Mexico signed a pact in which they publicly committed to follow a series of guidelines on how to cover the federal government’s so-called war on the drug cartels and the violence of the organized crime. Amongst other agreements, the 10-point guideline (click here to read it in Spanish) vowed not to glorify drug traffickers or publish cartel propaganda. The pact generated some abundant yet divisive debate whether this agreement was truly setting effective professional standards or, on the other hand, if it was acting as a self-censorship instance.
Nevertheless, and as if it wasn’t ironic and contradictory enough, there were at least three central references on Mexican cinema dealing with narco culture the same week of the agreement: [Continue reading]