The Texas Observer reported last week on Mexico’s Blog Del Narco, saying it fills the void of journalists unable to report on the daily horrors of violence in Mexico. Launched in March 2010, Blog Del Narco documents the violence with gory videos, photos, and articles uploaded anonymously to protect its submitters. The Texas Observer reports that within months, the site gained 3 million visitors a month.
Yet the Observer, in partnership with The Guardian, admits “it was unclear whether the stories were ripped from other websites or were original reporting. And it seemed like no moderator existed.”
Now Fronteras Desk, a multimedia platform reporting on the U.S. southwest and along the US-Mexico border, suggests Blog Del Narco has plagiarized from news publications in Mexico. In a close examination, Fronteras' reporter Michel Marizco shows Blog Del Narco has used some articles word-for-word from several major newspapers in Mexico.