‘If life is cheap in Mexico, then the life of a journalist is even cheaper’: An interview with Bernardo Ruiz, director of ‘Reportero’
January 8, 2013 1 Comment
Documentary film maker Bernardo Ruiz knew he had uncovered an important story when what was supposed to be a 30 minute meeting with a journalist in Mexicali, Mexico, in 2009, turned into a three hour discussion.
Ruiz met Sergio Haro, a reporter for Tijuana-based Zeta magazine, while researching a story about youth migration in Mexico. The conversation he had with the veteran reporter led to the creation of ‘Reportero’, a documentary following journalists at Zeta as they cover the cartels in Mexico, which has had its launch in the United States this week.
For decades, the journalists at the independent newsweekly have been writing about corruption and crime – despite death threats and targeted attacks. To date, Zeta has had two of its staff murdered, including co-founder Hector Miranda.
The film focuses on Haro and Adela Navarro, the current editor of the paper. Both have encountered death threats during their time there.