Curtailing drug violence in Mexico

Aug 2, 2012

A new president is about to take power in Mexico amid a raging drug war. The biggest question facing Enrique Pena Nieto is this: what will the federal government do to curtail the gangland violence?

More than 50,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a military-led crackdown on the drug cartels. The dead include gang members, security forces, police, bystanders and, increasingly, journalists.

Global Journalist spoke with Dudley Althaus, the Mexico City bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle. Althaus has written extensively on the drug-related violence and its impact on society.

Also joining the show was Tracy Wilkinson. She’s the Mexico City Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times, where she’s worked since 1987.