Tens of thousands of people — drug kingpins and innocent bystanders alike — have been killed in Mexico since the government began a crackdown on the drug cartels that dominate much of the country. It's an all-out war, with victims including mayors, military commanders and police chiefs. Torture and decapitation are not uncommon. And there's no end in sight.
Beginning Monday, March 5, turn to CBC News on CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio One, CBCNews.ca and the CBC News App for Mexico: Drugs, Death & Danger, a series of special reports, led by CBC News correspondent Keith Boag, taking an in-depth look at Mexico's drug war, the consequences and the impact for Canadians.
Monday, March 5
In a feature documentary titled Mexico at War, CBC's Keith Boag visits Monterrey, a symbol of economic opportunity for Mexico. The city now finds itself in a pitched battle to keep the Zetas drug cartel at bay. Boag joins a patrol of Marines as they investigate the escape of 30 Zetas from prison. He also talks to Alfredo Corchado, one of the most highly respected journalists covering Mexico's drug war. The piece also looks at the lure of Mexican tourist centres like Mazatlan and explores whether Canadian visitors are safe.
WORLD REPORT: Beginning at 5 a.m. (6 AT, 6:30 NT) on CBC Radio One Keith Boag gives an overview of Mexico’s staggering drug war. CBC NEWS NETWORK: 6 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET On-location in Mexico, Boag presents excerpts from his documentary.
WORLD AT SIX: 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) on CBC Radio One Expanded explanation of what's going on in Mexico and why.
THE NATIONAL: 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC-TV; 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network. See the documentary Mexico at War, plus Peter Mansbridge de-briefs with Keith Boag on his investigation.
CBCNEWS.CA: Visit CBCNews.ca for profiles of Mexico’s drug cartels and their impact on personal safety.
Tuesday, March 6
Mexican gangs in Canada: From Vancouver, Curt Petrovich (for radio) and Duncan McCue (for The National) investigate the domestic impact of Mexico’s drug wars, and the ties between drug cartels in Mexico and Canadian drug gangs.
WORLD REPORT: Beginning at 5 a.m. (6 AT, 6:30 NT) on CBC Radio One Curt Petrovich reports on the domestic impact of Mexican drug wars.
CBC NEWS NETWORK: 6 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET Petrovich looks at how much influence the drug cartels have in Canada.
WORLD AT SIX: 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) on CBC Radio One Petrovich has more on Canadian connections to Mexico’s drug violence.
THE NATIONAL: 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC-TV; 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network. Duncan McCue investigates the ties between drug cartels in Mexico and Canadian drug gangs.
CBCNEWS.CA: Visit CBCNews.ca for a map of safe zones in Mexico for Canadian travellers.
Wednesday, March 7
Destination Mexico: Every year, more than one million Canadians visit Mexico, but can they really be safe, when on an average day 51 people are murdered there? Can tourist centres like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and others somehow remain immune to the violence that has gripped other parts of Mexico? Keith Boag reports from Mazatlan.
WORLD REPORT: Beginning at 5 a.m. (6 AT, 6:30 NT) on CBC Radio One Destination Mexico: Is this country safe for Canadian travellers?
CBC NEWS NETWORK: 6 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET A look at the most dangerous tourist destinations.
WORLD AT SIX: 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) on CBC Radio One Destination Mexico: Is this country safe for Canadian travellers?
CBCNEWS.CA: How safe are Mexican resorts? How do you protect yourself? CBCNews.ca presents a photographic guide.
Thursday, March 8
CBCNEWS.CA: Dangerous destinations
Friday, March 9
CBCNEWS.CA: Mexico tourism: How it's faring