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Who was behind the slaying of a prominent, progressive Mexican journalist? Private Network: Who Killed Manuel Buendia? (Netflix) asks that question and more with its pot-stirring blend of true crime, history lesson, and 1980’s geo-political conspiracy theory.   

The Gist: When he was killed outside his office on Wednesday, May 30th, 1984, veteran Mexican journalist Manuel Buendia had already made a career out of questioning the status quo, naming those who would expect to remain unnamed, and printing the details of their dirty work. A Mexico City-based journalist since the late 1950s, Buendia’s progressive awakening emerged with his crime reporting for the newspaper La Prensa that typically came with a venomous political edge, and by the late 1970s and early ‘80s, his column Red Privada (“Private Network”) was a must-read. The brazen murder, a well-known journalist shot four times on a busy street during rush hour, shocked the…

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