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AP Fires Oaxaca Correspondent Rebeca Romero

Gibler: AP Fires Oaxaca Correspondent Rebeca Romero

April 5, 2007
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Dear Colleague,

Throughout its reporting of the popular movement in Oaxaca, Narco News correspondents have regularly corrected distorted reports by then AP correspondent Rebeca Romero. John Gibler reports for Narco News about the firing of Ms. Romero from her AP post due to violations of their ethics code.

Gibler reports:

"Ms. Romero, a former press secretary for the Mexican federal attorney general, also owns an electronic news agency, ADN Sureste (Southeast Digital News Agency). ADN Sureste ran paid advertisements for the Oaxaca state government while Ms. Romero was reporting on the government's involvement in the conflict, in violation of the AP's code of ethics.

"...'I am a honest reporter and I am clean, so I don't have nothing to worry about,' Ms. Romero wrote in an email response to questions.

"A review of 15 articles written by Ms. Romero between July and November 2006, show that she cited or quoted twice as many government officials as protesters. Those protesters cited were typically leaders of the teachers union and Oaxaca People's Popular Assembly (APPO) refuting state claims of their involvement in specific acts of violence."

Much more on this story, along with new information in the House Of Death case, reported by Bill Conroy, and the upcoming Narco News 7th Anniversary celebration in New York City on April 18, can be found online at The Narco News Bulletin:

From somewhere in a country called América,

David B. Briones
The Narco News Bulletin

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