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Feared Bolivarian Circles Celebrate St. John the Baptist Day in Caracas
Photo D.R. 2002 by Al Giordano

A Narco News Global Alert:

June 19, 2002
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Dear Colleagues,

After a very brief flurry of post-coup corrections and meas culpas, the simulators of the mass media (from the Four Horsemen of Simulation - AP, Reuters, New York Times and CNN - on down to yesterday's Christian Science Monitor) have reverted to their same unsubstantiated rumor-mongering fictional coverage of the immediate history underway in Venezuela.

What is, in fact, ocurring in Venezuela these days is far more interesting than any of them want to inform you, because it involves the development of popular methods to weaken the illusory power of them, the caste members of the mass media, too.

Therefore, The Narco News Bulletin makes this announcement to our readers and colleagues, and serves notice to the simulators and Otto Reichians alike:

The information blockade will not stand. The Narco Newsroom this week begins reporting directly from Venezuela. We bring you the unspun authentic news, uncensored, from the voices that the simulators are trying to block from your ears and eyes: those of the Venezuelan people, its media workers in revolt, and its democratically elected leaders.

Stay tuned for the authentic news.

From somewhere else, yet again, in a country called América,

Al Giordano
The Narco News Bulletin

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Another Attempted Coup d'Etat Will Be Over Their Dead Bodies - and Ours
Photo D.R. 2002 by Al Giordano

Hey Otto Reich, Hey Media Simulators:

We're Here, We're Narco News,

and We're In Your Face!


Full Report Coming:

The Behavior of Commercial

Media Against Democracy

What the Critics Are Saying About Narco News

Narco News '02

Authentic Journalism on the "War on Drugs" in Latin America

"The Name of Our Country is América" - Simón Bolívar

Gorman's South American Round-up:

"My Friend, Langley" in

Brazil, Perú and Colombia

Changes Unnoticed

in the United States

By Peter Gorman

Special to the Narco News Bulletin

Juárez City to be

Holland of América?

by The Week Online

Propaganda and

Plan Colombia

Perception management

of the US's terror war

By Doug Stokes

The Most Dangerous Drug...

...the Most Alienated Job


Broken Promises

Section III of The Medium

is The Middleman now up

With Updated Notes on "Authentic

Journalism" & Venezuela Coup

Immedia Summer in Bloom!

"No More Media


Historic Statement by

Venezuela Media Workers

"It was made abundantly clear from the disastrous image of those days of disinformation, in which the majority of employees, reporters and journalists put our lives on the line only for media owners and board members to decide not to publish anything and hide from the public the serious events that were taking place in the streets, while mainstream TV channels aired old movies as if nothing was happening. We all must assume those days of confusion, tensions, interests, and mistakes with courage and rectify with deep sincerity. No more manipulation. We workers say firmly and responsibly that we will not accept such behavior again."

- Venezuelan Media Workers Statement

Caracas, June 10, 2002

Ramonet Slams

"Reporters" Group

European Authentic Journalist

Tackles Simulators of "Press Freedom"

"Closing its eyes to the one of the most odious media campaigns ever launched against a democratic government, the organisation Reporters sans Frontières ("Reporters Without Borders") has allowed itself to be manipulated and has published several reports against the Chavez government, which has never limited freedom of expression, banned media, or arrested a journalist."

- Ignacio Ramonet

from Le Monde Diplomatique

The Masses

vs. The Media

A Revolution for a

Narcotized Society

By Al Giordano

Lea Ud. el Masa-fiesto en Español:

Las Masas vs Los Medios

The New Introduction to the 1997 Text

and the Secret History of Narco News...

The Medium is the Middleman

Three Immediate Questions

Five Truths About the

Coup in Venezuela

By Roldan Tomasz Suarez

Back by Popular Demand...

With New Introductions by

Lisa Fithian and Al Giordano

Steal This Introduction!

Special to the Narco News Bulletin

A Narco News White Paper:

Three Days That

Shook the Media

Online Journalism's Finest Hour!

Lea Ud. la Historia

Inmediata en Español

Consult the Archives of

América Reborn

Narco News Issue # 19: March 19 - April 30, 2002

Up-to-the-Minute Venezuela

News from

Colombia Discussion Boards Now Open at...

Narco News Opens South America Office

Meet Luis Gómez

Andean Bureau Chief

for Narco News

Presenting Luis in English

Conozca a Luis en Español

Why Authentic Journalism?

See our Original Report: Ethics Problems at Alternet

Where did Narco

News Come From?

The Secret History... Revealed

"Narco News, its website, and the writers who post information, are entitled to all the First Amendment protections accorded a newspaper-magazine or journalist... Furthermore, the nature of the articles printed on the website and Mr. Giordano's statements at Columbia University constitute matters of public concern because the information disseminated relates to the drug trade and its affect on people living in this hemisphere..."

-- Supreme Court of the State of New York

December 5, 2001

The Drug War Went on Trial

"And in the cause of journalism we're also pleased about a recent ruling by Judge Paula Omansky of the New York State Supreme Court dismissing libel charges against Mario Menendez, a Mexican journalist, and Al Giordano, editor and publisher of Narco News, an Internet magazine (, published in Mexico, that reports on corruption and the drug war in Latin America.... Banamex took him to court in Mexico and lost. The bank then sued Narco News, along with Menendez, in New York. Again they lost in what is a stirring victory for freedom of speech on the Internet. Narco News has broken important stories on the drug war. If it had lost, a chill could have settled over the web."

-- The Nation magazine

Issue of January 28, 2001

From somewhere in Rio de Janeiro... a drawing by Latuff

Narco News

Beat Banamex

Victory Extends to All Online Journalists

Detailed Info on case & 90 Links in Our War Room

Now on the EFF website:

Read the Court's

Historic Decision

It Protects You, Too

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What is The Narco News Bulletin?

The Narco News Bulletin works to tell the truth. We call it as we see it. Yet we are conscious that it's our truth. The whole truth can only be constructed by the participation of the people. Thus, we strive to work together, to collaborate, with your truth and the truths of others, "to make a bigger truth."
We invite your comments, corrections, criticisms, news tips and participation. Narco News accepts letters from our readers. Contact us with your truth.
-- From the First Day of Publication, April 18, 2000

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Andean Bureau Chief: Luis A. Gómez

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¡Bienvenidos en Español!

¡Informations en Français!

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