The Right to Free Expression: In Conversation with Ioan Grillo

  • May 9, 2015
  • 9:30 am
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights (group entrance)

The drug cartels in Mexico earns the economy billions of dollar a year and are idolized in pop songs, yet the drug war has led to murders, massacres, kidnappings—a human tragedy of epic proportions. Crimes against journalists in Mexico are all too common, everything from murder to kidnappings, theft, threats and harassment.

For over a decade journalist & writer Ioan Grillo has covered Mexico’s drug cartels. In 2011 he wrote El Narco, creating the first definite portrait of Mexico’s drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade. While on the ground, Grillo witnessed an underground industry evolve into an all out civil war, consuming families and journalists that stepped in its path.

Join Grillo and Cecil Rosner, CBC managing editor and author of Behind the Headlines: A History of Investigative Journalism in Canada, for a conversation about living and writing in place where free expression is more a fight than a right, and why North Americans should care.

Ro Walker Mills will provide a short performance prior to this event.

  • Series: world
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10



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