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The ethics of Sean Penn’s interview with ‘El Chapo’ and the political will for extradition

 A woman reads La Jornada newspaper in Mexico City which shows a picture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman, aka
A woman reads La Jornada newspaper in Mexico City which shows a picture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman, aka "El Chapo" (R), shaking hands with US actor Sean Penn.

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Actor Sean Penn is expressing no regrets about his clandestine visit to interview Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

In a brief email exchange with The Associated Press, Penn was asked about images published in Mexican news media today that appeared to show officials watching him and a Mexican actress ahead of their October visit with Guzman. Penn responds that he has nothing to hide.

Guzman was captured last Friday, more than three months after Penn's meeting with him in central Mexico and six months after escaping from prison.

Still, many think Penn’s actions raise ethical and even legal questions. We hear what journalists in Mexico are saying and why Mexico is not considering extraditing Guzman to the US.

*With Files from AP

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Jane Kirtley, Professor of media ethics and law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota

Nacha Cattan, correspondent for Bloomberg News in Mexico City

Jordan J. Paust, Mike and Teresa Baker Law Center Professor of International Law at the Law Center of the University of Houston

Ignacio Pinto-Leon, Esq., a dual U.S.–Mexico licensed attorney. Director of JurisMex Corp., a consulting firm based in Houston, TX that provides legal advice in Mexican law; Mr. Pinto–Leon teaches the course of Introduction to the Law of Mexico as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center

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