In the pursuit of truth
In 1980, journalists Jesús Blancornelas and Héctor Félix Miranda co-founded Zeta, a Mexican newsweekly that regularly skewered the government—and the media it controlled. Miranda was murdered in 1988, but the paper continued, shifting its focus to include Mexico's drug-cartel trade. A new Bernardo Ruiz-directed POV film, Reportero, chronicles its evolution, including reporter Sergio Haro's 1997 decision to leave and start another publication, Siete Días, with journalist Benjamín Flores. After Flores was murdered, Haro used the paper to take a stand against the alleged killer who was apprehended by police—and then released without substantive punishment. The film is available to watch online through February 6, at www.pbs.org/pov/reportero.