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Mexico newspaper in appeal to druglords

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Mexico newspaper in appeal to druglords


A Mexican newspaper is asking gang bosses how it can report on the drugs war without them killing its journalists.

El Diario, a leading daily in Ciudad Juarez, is responding to the murder of one of its photographers last week.

In a front page editorial directly addressing cartels it asks “what do you want from us?” and wants to know what exactly it can publish without violent repercussions.

Reflecting on how lawless the city has become, El Diario’s editor Pedro Torres said:

“If the authorities can’t guarantee the safety of citizens and their right to be informed, then we want to know who can. If it’s the gangs then we want them to tell us how.”

El Diario has lost two staff members to the gang violence in less than two years. Around 30 reporters have disappeared or been killed in Mexico’s four-year war on drugs cartels, making the country one of the most dangerous in the world for journalists.

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