Anonymous Drug War Blogger Speaks Out
"Lucy" says she continues her fearless coverage of the drug war because "I love Mexico."
As the drug war continues to devastate Mexico, and the death toll exceeds 63,000, many newspapers and media sources have refused to cover the atrocities out of fear for their safety. But day-after-day, Blog del Narco has continued to cover the violence, making it a "must-read" for cartel-members, government officials and citizens throughout the country. The blog's anonymous founder has spoken to press for the first time under the pseudonym "Lucy." “Who am I?" she reveals, "I'm in my mid-20s, I live in northern Mexico, I'm a journalist. I'm a woman, I'm single, I have no children. And I love Mexico.” Blog del Narco now receives over three million hits a week and has over 120,000 Twitter followers. But Lucy says that she and her cohorts live in constant fear of both the government and the cartels; she claims the tortured and disemboweled bodies of a young man and woman hung from a bridge in September 2011 were blog collaborators. “They used to send us photographs,” Lucy recalls. “That was very hard, very painful.” Lucy says the threats have increased since then, forcing her and her co-collaborators on the run. “We change where we live every month," she explains, "We've been in basements. It's very difficult. We hide our equipment in different places. If the authorities get close we run.”
Lucy's dedication to the site has prevented her from having a "normal" life. “My only boyfriend is the blog," she explains, "A whole phase of my life—boyfriends, going to parties, hanging out with friends—I've missed it. Getting married, having babies—there's not been time to think of any of that.” But despite "[thinking] about quitting the blog thousands of times," she and her co-collaborators continue their work, because "we have to get the message out. They have stolen our tranquility, our dreams, our peace.” Lucy hopes her new book, Dying for the Truth: Undercover Inside the Mexican Drug War by the Fugitive Reporters of Blog del Narco, a collection of reports and graphic photographs of the atrocities, will help inform the world about what's really going on in Mexico. In the meantime, she's focused on survival. “My plans for the future?" she says, "To live. That's my hope for the short, medium and long term.”