In May, Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was murdered – shot 12 times in broad daylight.
Everard Meade, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, is a friend and colleague of Valdez. He’s been thinking a lot about some of the lessons we can draw from the writer’s work, which often chronicled the ways in which brutal violence in Mexico has impacted the lives of ordinary people living there.
Voice of San Diego’s Mario Koran’s sat down with Meade for a wide-ranging interview that digs into those lessons and describes how cartel violence has changed in recent decades and who’s being impacted most by the ongoing drug war.
Meade tells Koran that Valdez showed everyone how important it is to continue to tell the stories of the peoples’ lives who are entangled with drug cartels – both from the perspective of victims and perpetrators.
“I told you why so many journalists don’t do this work, and why it’s challenging,” Meade says. “Javier showed us ways that you can.”
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