In Mexico, investigative journalism can be a life-threatening profession. Reportero (POV 2013) follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at an independent newsweekly as they defy powerful drug cartels and corrupt officials to continue publishing the news.
Read what critics and journalists have to say about the POV film you can watch free online until February 6, 2013.
“The heroes of Bernardo Ruiz’s Reportero are the journalists for Zeta… The courage of Zeta writers…cannot be overestimated.”
— Stephen Holden, The New York Times
“A solidly constructed, well-shot docu about the lethal perils of truth-telling south of the border.”
— Ronnie Scheib, Variety
“[A] potent documentary… [Sergio] Haro and his colleagues, despite great risk, pursue their stories with extraordinary commitment, making one squirm in wonder: ‘In the same circumstances, what would I do? Could I be a tenth this brave?’ This important film…on PBS’ ‘POV’…shouldn’t be missed.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“A fascinating documentary.”
— Randi Kaye, “CNN Newsroom”
“Gripping…a powerful reminder of how journalism often requires immense amounts of physical and psychological bravery.”
— New York magazine
“Astounding…Reportero held audiences spellbound as it explored the importance in continuing the fight to report the truth, no matter the cost… A smart and cohesive wakeup call for the world of the importance of freedom of speech in the news-gathering business.”
— Lori Huck, Yahoo! News
— Carlos Lauría, Senior Americas Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists, Op-ed, The Miami Herald
“The story of some local journalists…who believe in the basic ideals so passionately they go to their deaths essentially nameless in the brutal world of the Mexican drug wars.”
— John Hockenberry, NPR, “The Takeaway”
“If it weren’t real and terribly frightening, you’d think it was…a Liam Neeson thriller.”
— Celeste Headlee, NPR, “Tell Me More”
Reportero is streaming free online at POV through February 6, 2013. Watch Now »
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