Mexican journalist Adela Navarro Bello’s message to global leaders is: “Don’t detach yourself from society! As a journalist, I must listen to society, particularly when it is voiceless, when it is victim to governments or criminals. The political, economic and social actors sometimes forget about the societies in which they live. May they never."

Adela Navarro Bello is the general director of the weekly magazine Zeta in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico. Created in 1980, Zeta is one of the only publications to regularly run investigations on organized crime, drug trafficking, and corruption in Mexico's northern states, where self-censorship is rampant.

In 2007, she won an International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The award is given for journalists who show courage in defending press freedom in the face of attacks, threats or imprisonment. CPJ also produced a short video about Navarro Bello and Zeta.

She is the recipient of a 2011 International Women's Media Foundation Courage in Journalism award. Navarro Bello was also profiled in theWashington Post, where she was quoted as saying, “Every time a journalist self-censors, the whole society loses.”

Navarro has been commissioned by the U.S. Department of State to undertake a six-city U.S. tourwith the central theme of Migration. She has also been awarded the 2008 Prize Ortega y Gasset, given by the country of Spain; the 2009 International Prize of Freedom of the Press, given by Editorial Perfil, Argentina; and the Anna Politkovskaja Prize, Festival Internazionale a Ferrara, Italia in 2009.

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