After a Second Journalist Dies, Juarez’s Biggest Newspaper Cuts Cartel Coverage

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A relative of photojournalist Luis Carlos Santiago, who was shot down by gunmen, at the scene of the crime. Photo: Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images

"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 sorrow for all of us who work here, and, in particular, for their families . . .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." —El Diario de Juarez issued its second front-page editorial to the city's warring drug cartels since gunmen attacked two photographers last Thursday. In 2008, the paper's crime reporter was slain as he was taking his daughters to school. In the past four years, 22 Mexican journalists have been killed and seven have gone missing. "Even in one of the places where violence is worst ... El Diario was still doing a lot of good reporting on crime," said Carlos Lauria, from the Committee to Protect Journalists. "The fact that they're giving up is really bad. It's an indication that the situation is out of control."

Mexico daily cuts drug war coverage after slaying [WP]