Conflict & Justice

Mexicans Near Border Relying on Texas Media for News on Drug Violence

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Credit: REUTERS
Soldiers stand in formation as a pile of marijuana and other drugs are incinerated at the 7th Military Zone on the outskirts of Monterrey June 22, 2012. More than two tons of narcotics, including marijuana, heroin, cocaine and pills, were incinerated as part of the Nuevo Leon-Tamaulipas anti-drug operation, according to local media. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril (MEXICO - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY MILITARY POLITICS)

Shannon Young reports on how residents of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas rely on Texas news outlets for information on the drug violence sweeping their communities.

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Many local Mexican news organizations no longer cover the violence, out of fear or extortion by the cartels.

Texas reporters are filling the void, increasing their Spanish-language output on the web, and getting tips from residents south of the border.

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