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Mexican Journalists Seek Peace From Drug Cartels

Mexican Journalists Seek Peace From Drug Cartels

On Sunday, El Diario de Juárez published a front page editorial directed at the drug cartels of Ciudad Juárez, asking, “What do you want from us?”

On September 17, the newspaper’s photographer 21 year-old Luis Carlos Santiago was shot and killed, the second journalist from the newspaper to be murdered in less than two years.

Calling the cartels “the de facto authorities” of the city, the editorial states, “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.”

The editorial also criticized Mexico’s current administration for its ineffectiveness in dealing with drug violence. In under 4 years, nearly 30,000 people have been murdered; at this rate, that number will rise to 75,000 by the time President Felipe Calderon’s term ends in December 2012.

Carlos Lauria of the Committee to Protect Journalists lamented the newspaper’s decision, explaining, “Even in one of the places where violence is worst… El Diario was still doing a lot of good reporting on crime,” but recognized that the editorial is “an indication that the situation is out of control.” While not an act of surrender, the newspaper explains, “We are looking for a peace agreement. No story is worth the life of anyone anymore.”

On Monday, security spokesperson for President Felipe Calderon stated, “In no way should anyone promote a truce or negotiate with criminals who are precisely the ones causing anxiety for the public, kidnapping, extorting and killing. All sectors of society should fight them and bring them down in a definitive way.”

This is no simple feat, considering the immense danger journalists face. Mexico was deemed the most dangerous country for journalists by the International Press Institute, with 10 deaths in the first eight months of 2010. Human rights activists also face tremendous peril, with one commissioner in Juárez revealing, “On countless occasions I’ve been threatened because of the torture cases I’ve investigated involving presumed assassins.”

In Ciudad Juárez, nearly 5,000 citizens in the entire city were killed in less than two years, despite the presence of 4,500 police and soldiers. Twenty percent of all murders in Mexico occur in the city.

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2:51PM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

Peace from the drug cartels?? They're heartless.

4:47AM PDT on Oct 3, 2010

Thanks! Hearthbreaking...
The drug's cartel must be stop!

9:17PM PDT on Oct 2, 2010

Thanks.

11:06PM PDT on Oct 1, 2010

Noted. Heartbreaking!

7:42PM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

thanx Natasha, I've heard that the drugs come North and the guns go South from the USA. So, the USA is at fault too. We need to legalize the drugs and ban guns. God Bless.

1:54AM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

The drug cartels must be wiped out.

12:31AM PDT on Sep 29, 2010

Sadly noted!

10:42PM PDT on Sep 28, 2010

these drug people need to be stopped.

7:53PM PDT on Sep 27, 2010

Mexico, while making great progress in the last decades, is still far from where it needs to be. Hopefully the drug cartels can be stopped eventually.
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6:38AM PDT on Sep 27, 2010

While valiant in principle, there are those who can never be reasoned with, it's a battle lost before it begins.

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