Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mexico newspaper begs drug lords to spare reporters

A Mexican newspaper on the U.S. border begged violent drug cartels for guidance on how to cover news in a way that would keep gangs from killing more journalists.
“You are the de facto authority in the city now,” El Diario newspaper said on Sunday in an editorial, referring to cartels that have killed over 6,400 people in Ciudad Juarez since 2008.
“Explain what you want from us, what you want us to publish or stop publishing,” the paper said.
Mexico is considered by media groups to be one of the world’s most dangerous places for reporters. More than 30 media workers have disappeared or been killed since President Felipe Calderon launched his war on drug cartels in late 2006, the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report this month.

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