As Obama Hosts Peña Nieto, Explosive Report Ties Mexican Federal Police to Students' Disappearance

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As President Obama hosts Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the White House today, human rights groups want Obama to press the Mexican government on its failure to investigate and prosecute abuses by state security forces. The meeting comes on the heels of an explosive new report that directly contradicts the Mexican government’s claims they were unaware of what happened the night 43 students went missing after an attack by local police in the state of Guerrero. According to the Mexican magazine Proceso, federal police played a role in the attack, and federal authorities likely tortured key witnesses. The case has ignited protests across Mexico and around the world. We are joined by the reporters who broke the story, Anabel Hernández and Steve Fisher. Hernández is a leading Mexican investigative journalist and author of “Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers.”


Anabel Hernández, Mexican investigative reporter. She was awarded the 2012 Golden Pen of Freedom award. Her latest book, Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers, was recently published in English. She is the lead author of the new investigation, “Iguala: The Unofficial Story,” which was published in the Mexican magazine Proceso last month. She is currently a fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

Steve Fisher, fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism with a focus on U.S.-Mexico relations.


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