Juarez newspaper pleads for a truce with cartels after 2nd journalist dies

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    Angelhair Senior Member

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    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - The largest newspaper in Ciudad Juarez asked the border city's warring drug cartels Sunday for a truce after the killing last week of its second journalist in less than two years.

    In a front-page editorial, El Diario de Juarez asked the cartels what they want from the newspaper, so it can continue its work without further death, injury or intimidation of its staff.

    "Leaders of the different organizations that are fighting for control of Ciudad Juarez: The loss of two reporters from this publishing house in less than two years represents an irreparable breakdown for all of us who work here, and, in particular, for their families," the editorial said.

    "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."

    It was the newspaper's second front-page editorial since gunmen attacked two El Diario photographers Thursday - one a new employee and the other an intern. One died, and the other was seriously wounded as they left for lunch in Mexico's most dangerous city.

    In 2008, a crime reporter for El Diario was slain outside his home as he was about to take his daughters to school.

    The editorial Sunday said drug gangs in the city across from El Paso are the de facto authorities, and it criticized both the Chihuahua state government and President Felipe Calderón for their lack of protection for journalists.

    "We don't want to continue to be used as cannon fodder in this war, because we're tired," Diario's editor, Pedro Torres, told The Associated Press.

    He said the staff felt great rage, helplessness and despair after burying new employee Luis Carlos Santiago, 21, on Saturday.

    "Burying the body does not bury the impunity or pain," Torres said. "There is a feeling of great anxiety and impotence surrounding this situation."

    Mexican journalists are increasingly under siege from drug cartels seeking to control the flow of information, and many media outlets, especially in border areas, have stopped covering the drug war. Until Sunday, El Diario was not one of them.

    In a front-page editorial Friday, El Diario said journalists have nowhere to turn for protection because of the inability of Mexican security forces to solve most attacks on the media.

    The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based watchdog group, said in a recent report that at least 22 Mexican journalists have been killed since December 2006, when Calderón intensified a crackdown on drug cartels by deploying tens of thousands of troops and federal police across the country.

    Juarez newspaper pleads for a truce with cartels after 2nd journalist dies

    I suspect that the drug cartels are this far from taking over ALL of Mexico. Are we next?

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