AP's Oaxaca Correspondent in Conflict-of-Interest with State Government
January 9, 2007 Please Distribute Widely
Associated Press correspondent in Oaxaca, Rebeca Romero, spent much of 2006 distorting the story of the Popular Assembly
movement in Oaxaca to protect that state's disgraced governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.
Last November, it was Romero who published the now-discredited AP story claiming that it was protesters from the Popular
Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO, in its Spanish initials) that assassinated Indymedia cameraman Brad Will, a
story that helped state prosecutors free the real assassins – members of the governor's political machine – captured on
film by Will and others as they shot guns at him.
Romero, who also has hew own news agency and web site, issued a public letter on Sunday to Narco News in which she
called upon Mexican "authorities" to investigate our correspondents and denied receiving money from the Oaxaca governor.
But Romero, in addition to being an unethical and corrupted journalist, is also apparently not a very bright one. She
posted her breathless denial right next to an advertisement sponsored by the "Oaxaca State Government."
Her conflict-of-interest – reporting on the embattled Oaxaca governor while she publishes a website sponsored by his
state government – is eerily similar to that of ex-AP bureau chief in Bolivia, Peter McFarren, who had to resign after
we published, in 2000, proof of his conflict with the Bolivian government through a foundation he directed.
Romero has the same kind of conflict-of-interest. Additionally, on her website she has called upon Mexican "authorities"
to investigate Narco News correspondents. Read the opening story in this saga:
- Associated Press Correspondent in Oaxaca Urges Mexican "Authorities" to Investigate Narco News
- AP's Rebeca Romero Insists She Is Not on Ulises Ruiz's Payroll, but Publishes Her Denial on Her Website Next to an Ad…
Purchased by the Oaxaca State Government
- By Al Giordano - Publisher, Narco News
Also on Narco News, two new stories by Nancy Davies from Oaxaca about the ongoing Popular Assembly movement – stories
that, increasingly, those in power and their official "journalists" are trying to censor and silence.
The story of the unethical conflict-of-interest by AP correspondent Rebeca Romero in Oaxaca has only just begun. Read
the opening salvo today and stay tuned for the next steps.
From somewhere in a country called América,
The Narco News Bulletin