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article imageOp-Ed: Organized crime succeeding at suppressing media in Mexico

By Igor I. Solar     Mar 12, 2013 in Crime
Saltillo - The Mexican newspaper Zócalo will stop publishing news about organized crime because of lack of "security guarantees" to exercise their journalistic work. Recent threats and killings of journalists are affecting the ability of media to report on crime.
Organized crime is getting the upper hand in the state of Coahuila, northern México. The editorial board of the newspaper Zócalo of Saltillo City, the capital of Coahuila, announced yesterday in the front page of their print edition, and in their Internet page, that as of today the paper will no longer report on organized crime-related events.
The decision responds to several previous attacks and recent threats to journalists working for Zócalo. A criminal organization had recently posted signs around the state threatening Francisco Juaristi, editorial chief of Zócalo. Additionally, several media outlets in northern Mexico have been attacked in the past few weeks and two journalists have been killed, reports LatinoDailyNews.
Zócalo is one of the main newspapers in Saltillo and the towns of Piedras Negras, Acuña and Monclova. The following is my translation of Zócalo’s editorial published (in Spanish) on Monday 11.
“Given that there are no security guarantees for the full exercise of journalism, the editorial board of the newspaper Zocalo decided, as of this date, to cease publication of information related to organized crime.
Our commitment is to increase our efforts to enhance the quality of information and to maintain a line of objectivity and impartiality.
The decision to suspend all information related to organized crime is based on our obligation to ensure the integrity and security of over a thousand workers, their families and ours.
We hope that true peace will reign in our beloved country soon.”
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