David Baines - Columnist, Vancouver SunWednesday, March 14, 2012
My Mother's Red Shawl - El Rebozo Colorado
David Baines - Columnist, Vancouver Sun
Because I investigate crime, albeit white-collar crime, people often ask whether I feel at risk. The answer is yes, but the risk is entirely legal. Physically, the street is quite benign. The reporters at real risk are those who work in countries where anarchy prevails, and right now, anarchy prevails in Mexico. So when Alex offered me this red Mexican shawl, I couldn't help but think of the dozen Mexican journalists who were murdered last year, nearly all targeted, many decapitated. Mexico is now the most dangerous place in the world for reporters, more dangerous than Somalia or Afghanistan or Iraq or any of those other places where summary executions, rather than libel suits, are used to muzzle reporters. I don't know where it will all end, and I don't think they know, either. Yet they persist, which is a pretty amazing thing.
Lauren Elizabeth Stewart