Violence against journalists forces Mexican paper to shut down

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A Mexican newspaper will cease printing after journalist Miroslava Breach was shot dead in her car “for being a loud-mouth,” according to a disturbing note left by her killer.

Breach was one of three journalists murdered in Mexico in March. Newspaper editor Cecilio Pineda Birto and journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera were also gunned down.

The Center to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has identified at least 38 reporters who have been murdered in Mexico since 1992 as a result of their occupation. A quarter of these individuals were tortured, while three died on dangerous assignments.

In addition, since 1992, another 50 journalists were killed in circumstances where the motive is unclear, but it is possible it was due to their work.

The most recent victim, Breach had conducted considerable research, exposing acts of corruption between organized crime and politicians. She was shot eight times, with one of her three children in her car while the violent act took place.

Oscar Cantú, the owner of Norte de Ciudad Juárez, Breach’s employer, said that throughout its 27 years, the paper was targeted and punished for exposing acts of corruption. He said he is “not willing for any more” of his journalists to pay the price.

“There are neither the guarantees nor the security to exercise critical, counterbalanced journalism.

“Everything in life has a beginning and an end and a price to pay. And, if the price is life, I am not prepared for any more of my collaborators to pay it, nor am I prepared to pay it, either.”

In March, the governor of the state of Chihuahua announced that the government does not have the resources to tackle organized crime, a sentiment Cantú echoed regarding the overall lack of security for journalists who are put in danger for the sake of their work.

The newspaper officially closed its paper edition on April 2. The digital version will also be ending soon.

H/T: BBC, NBC News

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