— Two of its reporters murdered in less than two years. The killings by
presumed drug gangs have pushed one of the leading newspapers in
“What do you want from us?” El Diario de
“Explain what it is that we should publish, or not publish, so we know what to expect.”
The editorial asks for a truce, adding, “It is
impossible for us to do our jobs under these conditions.” Saying the
newspaper is not surrendering, the editorial suggests it will
nevertheless change, perhaps diminish, the way it covers the drug war.
Many newspapers in
a 21-year-old photographer with just six months on the job, was gunned
down as he went to lunch with an intern, who was badly injured.
El Diario’s editorial was most scathing in asserting
that journalists will continue to die because the government does not
investigate killings and has lost control over much of the border
region. “You,” the paper says to the traffickers, “are at this time the
de facto authorities in this city.”
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