Borderland Beat, a news site dedicated to the research and investigation of Mexican drug cartels, is no longer in service. Their website has gone off sight and every report seem confusing as to what exactly happened since there is little news on this case. Apparently, Borderland Beat has shut down because of a lawsuit brought upon by an unnamed drug lord. Although now, it has become apparent that this drug lord happens to be Armando Cornelio “El Maradona” Valencia. The reason behind this lawsuit is that Borderland Beat published Valencia’s drivers license and is seeking two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) dollars in damages. Borderland Beat, however, is not the only media outlet being sued by Valencia.
Even so, for Borderland Beat to shutter its doors because of a lawsuit by a convicted drug lord is quite unprecedented. Valencia, for reference purposes, is tied to the Milenio Cartel, from which the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNC) was born. As for Valencia’s ongoing drug activities, this remains to be seen. The unplugging of Borderland Beat, established in 2009, speaks at length of the protections given to the media concerning free speech, especially when reporting crime. Borderland Beat was one of the best sources of information related to the Mexican drug cartels, aside from InSight Crime, another media outlet researching drug cartels in Latin America. The destruction of such news sites constrains people’s understanding of these cartels and denies the people reliable and important information. A former drug lord taking the benefit of kicking down such outlets is unacceptable. Why? The publication of his former driver’s license? Seeking two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) dollars in “reparations” for “damages”? As if this guy has not caused enough damage already to Mexican society.