Why One Mexican Journalist Said 'No' To An El Chapo Exclusive

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A vendor sells newspapers showing a picture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman, aka 'El Chapo' (R), shaking hands with US actor Sean Penn, in Mexico City on January 10, 2016.

Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo came with some terms for Rolling Stone magazine. The most ethically dubious condition was that RS had to allow the drug lord to approve the article before publication. Luckily for the magazine, El Chapo had no suggested changes. That's a deal Mexican journalists say they couldn't have made, even if they wanted to. In 2008, Raymundo Riva Palacio was managing editor of El Universal, one of Mexico City’s largest newspapers, when two editors rushed in to announce that “El Chapo  wanted to give them an interview. Bob talks to Raymundo about why he declined the offer, and how Sean Penn's interview is playing among journalists in Mexico City.


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