Remember Gary Webb

This year, it is ten years since the investigative reporter Gary Webb died. After he reported about links between CIA and cocaine smuggling, he was discredited by media (including the newspaper where he worked) and his reputation was ruined.

In many ways, this resembles attempts to undermine criticism against banana companies, which has been documented in the film Big Boys Gone Bananas! In the case of filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, it was obvious that the Dole Food Company launched the smear campaign. The film also highlights how media can be corrupted or intimidated.

Who launched the campaign against Gary Webb?