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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Zeta Magazine’s Navarro Among Newsweek's 'Fearless Women'

Though 69 of her colleagues have been murdered during Mexico’s drug war, Adela Navarro Bello continues to publish investigative news stories about drug trafficking and corruption in Baja California.

Navarro is co-director of the Tijuana-based weekly Zeta.

For her courageous reporting, Navarro was included in Newsweek's 150 "Women Who Shake the World," published in conjunction with International Women's Day.

Navarro shares the distinction with the likes of Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, along with human rights activists from Africa and the Middle East.

Navarro works in what the Committee to Protect Journalists considers one of the most dangerous work environments in the world. Two of Navarro's co-workers at Zeta have been murdered — one in 1988 and another in 2004 — and Navarro and her co-workers at the magazine have received dozens of threats throughout the years. The most recent one came just last week.

Adela Navarro Bello is co-director of the Tijuana-based weekly "Zeta."

The magazine received an anonymous call warning that the editorial staff was being pursued, and that someone wanted to rough them up. The anonymous caller said that “someone” was Melvin Gutiérrez Quiroz, an alleged Tijuana drug trafficker.
Following the threats, a coalition of media outlets in Mexico called on authorities  to guarantee the safety of their Zeta colleagues.

Navarro has received a number of awards in recent years for her fearless reporting and editorial policy, including an International Press Freedom award from the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2007 and a Courage in Journalism award from the International Women’s Media Foundation in 2011.

Navarro said she respects the decision of other publications in Mexico to self-censor in order to protect their staff, but she doesn’t share that path.

"To censor ourselves, to not publish information about our daily reality, is to become accomplices of the illegal activities that are harming us," she said.

 Source: Fronteras


  1. Why wouldn't they change the name of the Magazine considering all the trouble those Bastards in Las Zetas have caused to the good Mexican people?
    And I know it is Los,but they are more like Las Putas they way they behave and torment their own people..
    The only good Zeta is one with a Bullet between their eyes!

  2. Viva Navarro! I'm pleased Newsweek noticed. Everyone should be proud of this brave woman and thankful she keeps pushing on to provide us with narconoticias. It is important to get the word out. May she somehow defy the odds and be safe forever. Viva Navarro!

  3. Time will come play with fire and you will get burn

  4. What a gorgeous babe!

  5. Adela Navarro Bello,,,,,,Hilary Clinton?Oprah Winfrey?Anyone else see the slight difference's between these awards.Real life V celebrity,and security.The latter two,have been awarded for ?
    The former is in real danger,somehow i cant see Adela Navarro Bello,having 10 man security details,and live in a secluded bubble of safety and V.I.P transport everywhere she goes.There is a gulf of difference in my eyes,between these women.One is in real danger of being killed on a whim.The other two are pointless celebrity's who have huge teams of people working for them.Different worlds.

  6. Adela Navarro Bello is an incredibly courageous person, and it's amazing that she trudges on, while nearly all of the Arellano Felix's are dead or in prison.

    If only Jorge Hank Rhon could be made to pay for the Blancornelas shooting and all of the other corruption he's buried in.

    Anyway, the idea that Zeta would change their name because of the criminal gang of the same name is ridiculous.

  7. Is bringing national attention to this woman a smart idea?

  8. March 9, 2012 8:15 AM:

    Exceptional point. There is a distinct difference between a delusionally rich, pampered, celebrity and that of a woman activist reporting on criminal activity. Adela Navarro Bello represents the excellence Mexico and the Mexican people are capable of.

    May the people of Mexico continue to meet the challenge successfully.

  9. @ 11:22 AM There are 150 women on the list. Not just 3. You are missing the point.

  10. March 8, 2012 11:55 PM Zeta magazine was founded in 1980, way before the Zetas came to exist.

  11. Adela Navarro Bello should waste no time relocating. I assume she is in the USA. She should make a dash for Canada but in a smaller city IN THE MARITIME PROVINCES.

    Best of luck to Adela

  12. There are 150 women on the list. Not just 3. You are missing the point.
    March 9, 2012 2:14 PM
    No idiot,we are talking about the point here.
    This is the topic of conversation,
    Adela Navarro Bello.Get it?No?
    I think you missed the point.


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