Juárez newspaper makes plea for truce with drug cartels

After the killing of another one of its reporters last week, El Diario in Cuidad Juárez published an unprecedented front-page editorial calling for a truce with the drug gangs. The editorial said in part, “Gentlemen of the various organizations that are fighting for control of public spaces: the loss of two reporters in less than two years is an irreparable tragedy for all who work here. … What is that you want of us, what you want us to publish or refrain from publishing? … You are, in these moments, the de facto authorities in this city, because the legally constituted leaders have not been able to do anything to keep our colleagues from dying. ….  We are not giving up our work; we are talking about a truce.” (El Diario 9/20, Universal 9/20)

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