Adela Navarro Bello is a Mexican journalist. She is the general director of the weekly magazine Zeta, which is published in the northern city of Mexico, Tijuana.  Zeta, which was founded in 1980, is one of the few publications that frequently reports on organized crime, drug trafficking, and corruption in Mexico’s border cities. Multiple editors and reporters working for Zeta have been murdered.


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. 

She is the recipient of a 2011 International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism award. Navarro has been commissioned by the U.S. Department of State to undertake a six-city U.S. tour with 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.

She is a woman that people should know about and is an example for both men and women. Even with the situation happening in Mexico and the hundreds of journalists that have been murdered she kept running the newspaper and putting pressure to the government´s acts of corruption towards the drug cartels and organized crimes.

I believe she is a leader who is being the community´s voice of disagreement, incomformity and asking for a change in the system. Risking her own life she has not stop communicating the border´s reality of corruption. She is brave, courageous and has set an example for us women to speak up.