Press on its knees in Mexico drugs war

Press freedom has become the latest victim of Mexico’s drugs war, which has been responsible for 28,000 deaths in the past four years.

The biggest newspaper in Mexico’s most violent city has said it may restrict coverage after a second journalist was killed in less than two years.

In a front page editorial directly addressed to the drug cartels, El Diario de Juarez said: “The loss of two reporters in less than two years represents an irreparable sorrow for all of us who work here, and, in particular, for their families.

“We ask you to explain what you want from us, what we should try to publish or not publish, so we know what to expect.”

According to the Associated Press, gunmen attacked two El Diario photographers last week. A 21-year-old intern was killed and another employee was seriously injured. In 2008, a crime reporter for El Diario was killed outside his home.

Despite the violence El Diario was delivering “good reporting” on crime, said Carlos Lauria, co-ordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists. “The fact that they’re giving up is really bad. It’s an indication that the situation is out of control.”

According to Reporters without Borders 11 journalists have been murdered in Mexico this year.

(Source: Associated Press)

Image taken by Flickr user Esparta, licensed under Creative Commons.

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