Giordano is an award-winning newspaper reporter, radio and television host, and Internet journalism pioneer who founded the Internet newspaper Narco News in 2000 and its School of Authentic Journalism in 2002. Prior to moving to Latin America, Giordano was the political reporter for the Boston Phoenix, and he has published his work in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The Utne Reader, American Journalism Review, New Left Review, and other publications. In 2004, Giordano received the Upton Sinclair Freedom of Expression Award.
Narco News draws together a network of journalists as co-publishers, including, at one time, the late Gary Webb. The School of Authentic Journalism, in Mexico and Bolivia, has trained more than 100 journalists to be investigative reporters on civil rights and the impact of U.S. drug policy on Latin America.
In 2001, Giordano received First Amendment protections in a landmark New York Supreme Court case — Banamex vs. Mario Menendez, Al Giordano and Narco News — setting a precedent for all online journalists and Web sites. His criticism of the war on drugs, and its impact on Latin America are featured regularly at narconews.com.
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posted by Israel Bayer