Another Challenge For The Pri: The Age Of Openness

It was an odd place for a business lunch--a pool hall in seedy downtown Tijuana. But my contact there on that scorching summer day six years ago wasn't the usual business source. He was a human rights activist named Jose Luis Perez Canchola. After lunch, he drove me in a battered Volkswagen bug around the shantytowns, showing me the grim underside of the maquiladora boom. Back in those days, the tightly controlled media paid scant attention to people like Perez Canchola. His only outlet was the foreign press.

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