Mexican newspaper asks drug cartels how to prevent its staff being murdered

El Diario de Juarez addresses ‘de facto authorities’ in city after two journalists have been killed in two years
Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent, Monday 20 September 2010 19.38 BST

A respected Mexican newspaper has asked drug cartels for guidance on how not to offend them following a photographer’s murder, deepening alarm that drug-related violence has stifled media freedom.  El Diario de Juárez, the leading daily in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, published a front-page editorial yesterday titled “What do you want from us?” – addressed to the narco-traffickers.
Calling them “señores”, the paper asked what news it should and should not publish following last week’s shooting of a photographer, the paper’s second murdered journalist in two years. “We want you to know that we are communicators, not mindreaders. We do not want more deaths. It is impossible to carry out our role in these conditions. Tell us therefore what is expected of us.”


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