5 Years Ago Before the FBI
and the Media A Blogger Got Pedro Espada
Rafael Martínez Alequín, long a pariah among the City Hall press corps, did what his colleagues don’t bother to do anymore. He investigated corruption - and in so doing, exposed the corrupt of Pedro Espada. Alequín paid a price for his reporting. He was beaten and his life was threaten. Martínez was attacked and threatened when he attempted to ask Espada a questions about his residence and non profit medical heath care organization he funds with government money and runs. Martinez’s camera was broken and he was told that if he continued to investigate Espada he would be put in a body bag by those close to Espada. The DA gave him an order of protection against an Espada aid who questioned him. Martínez was attacked because Espada’s people knew he was doing the job of a real journalist and the so-called real journalists were of no danger to them. Bloomberg banned Alequín from his press conferences and blocked a renewal of his press pass, until civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel brought a lawsuit. Although WCBS TV reporter Marsha Kramer took credit for Alequín video. Martínez produced a video in which he interviewed several Bronx neighbors of State Senator Pedro Espada, who had never seen Espada in the building before. * A Journalist Breaks Through City Hall's "Blue Wall of Silence"