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Journalists Murdered by Cartels in Mexico Forcing Newspaper to Close Shop

Journalists Murdered by Cartels in Mexico Forcing Newspaper to Close Shop

“I have made the decision to close this newspaper … there are neither the guarantees nor the security to exercise critical, counterbalance journalism.”

Journalists have faced escalating danger in recent months due to the cartels. Numerous murders have forced one news outlet to shut down production entirely.

El Norte De Cd. Juarez’s director, Oscar Cantu Murgia, announced the shut down on Sunday after the murder of Miroslava Breach, a collaborator for the paper, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua:

“On this day, esteemed reader, I address you to report that I have made the decision to close this newspaper due to the fact that, among other things, there are neither the guarantees nor the security to exercise critical, counterbalance journalism,” wrote Norte’s owner, Oscar A. Cantú Murguía.

Murdered Journalists

Gunmen shot Miroslava Breach eight times in her car while she was outside of her house last month. One of her three children sat in the car with her. “Being a tattletale” was found scribbled on a piece of cardboard at the scene.

Breach recently uncovered connections “between government officials and the Juarez Cartel.” These investigations included “the mother-in-law of a cartel boss trying to run for mayor, while others looked into how the former governor of that state protected certain criminal organizations.”

In Veracruz, gunmen killed Ricardo Monlui Cabrera a few days before Breach’s murder. The murderers shot him as he left breakfast with his wife. Unlike many journalists, Cabrera never received any threats and did not know he was in danger.

Journalist Cecilio Pineda Birto lost her life on March 2 at a carwash in the state of Guerrero.

Gunmen wounded editorial director, Armando Arrieta Granados, in Veracruz last week. He remains in stable condition.

Newspaper Closure

Breach’s murder became the last straw for Murgia:

“Everything in life has a beginning and an end, a price to pay,” Cantú said in the letter, which was also published online. “And if this is life, I am not prepared for any more of my collaborators to pay it, nor with my own person.”

The tragic news of Breach’s death made Cantú angry, tired and “fed up,” he said. Over the course of its 27 years in publication, the newspaper’s reporters have been in “the line of fire” and have faced a number of risks as a result of their coverage, risks that are heightened because of the newspaper’s proximity to the border, Cantú said. But with the death of Breach, the realities of the profession have hit closer to home than ever before.

“For me, a free press is a pillar of democracy,” Cantú said. “If I can no longer do the type of journalism that I want to do … I cannot accept it anymore. Enough.”

The newspaper had been in production for 27 years and the closing will result in the loss of 150 jobs. Those in the area expressed sadness for the loss, but mostly sided with Cantu:

“The memory of their struggle will not be erased,” the reader wrote. “Citizens will always be grateful for their valuable dedication to make this world a better place for our children.”

Reporter and photographer Herika Martinez tweeted this:

Translation: Today the printing of newspaper North of #CiudadJuarez was stopped. The paper is blank. Today a part of journalism died in Juarez.

Rights Groups Speak Out for Journalists

Breitbart Texas spoke with those in the Network of Journalists in Mexico:

While Breach’s murder has received minimal attention from international media, journalists in Mexico that spoke with Breitbart Texas revealed that they are deeply concerned by the ongoing wave of violence targeting them. As Breitbart Texas has reported, Breach’s murder is the third of its kind this year. In recent years, various freedom of the press organizations such as Reporters Without Borders and Article 19 have labeled Mexico as one of the most dangerous places to work in.

Breitbart Texas spoke with representatives of the Network of Journalists in Mexico’s Northeast who expressed their concern and anger at the impunity with which journalism continues to be silenced in Mexico. The organization continues to call on the Mexican government to investigate and punish not only the triggermen, but also those who ordered the various murders.

Unfortunately, this is nothing new. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said that “38 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992 for motives confirmed as related to their work.” The group also said that fifty journalists died during that same period, but for unknown reasons:

“Mexico is clearly going through a deep, full-blown freedom of expression crisis,” Carlos Lauria, senior program coordinator for the Americas at CPJ, told the Associated Press. “It’s affecting Mexicans, not only journalists, because the fact that a newspaper closes is depriving people of information that they need in order to take informed decisions.”


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smalltownoklahoman | April 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm

Yet another reason why we must reassert control over our own borders. We absolutely can not allow the Mexican drug cartels to operate here with the impunity they enjoy down there!

Powerful elements of the Mexican Government are in league with the cartels, always have been. When the Federales roust one set of traffickers, it is only because an even more vicious faction has paid them to do it.

The Mexican Govm’t is pretending to be sad, but secretly cheers this closure. They’re the ones taking the payoffs, all they way up the line, and they don’t need any steenkin’ reporters messing things up for them.

There is one gun shop in all of Mexico. It’s located on a military base in Mexico City.
Time for a change in Mexico, there are some hard people who would fight back against the cartels.
And our leftist politicians want us disarmed.

From when obama wanted the Fast and Furious program bullsh*t so as to begin disarming America.

The only gun store in Mexico is not very busy.

To go shopping for a gun in Mexico, customers must come to Mexico City – even if they live 1,300 miles away in Ciudad Juarez. To gain entry to the store, which is on a secure military base, customers must present valid identification, pass through a metal detector, yield to the security wand and surrender cellphones and cameras.

To buy a gun, clients must submit references and prove that their income is honestly earned, that their record is free of criminal charges and that their military obligations, if any, have been fulfilled with honor. They are fingerprinted and photographed. Finally, if judged worthy of owning a small-caliber weapon to protect home and hearth, they are allowed to buy just one. And a box of bullets.

Mexico has some of the toughest gun-control laws in the world, a matter of pride for the nation’s citizens. Yet Mexico is awash in weapons.

President Felipe Calderon reported this month that Mexican forces have captured more than 93,000 weapons in four years. Mexican authorities insist that 90 percent of those weapons have been smuggled from the United States. The U.S. and Mexican governments have worked together to trace 73,000 seized weapons, but both refuse to release the results of the traces.

    Tom Servo in reply to 4fun. | April 5, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I’ve heard that if you want a gun in Mexico, all you need to do is talk to the US ATF. They’re handing them out like they were candy.

Maybe we can swap Mexico: its journalists for ours.

That way, we’d get some real journalists in the US, and get rid of the corrupt hacks we’ve got here.