As Violence Against Journalists Hits Breaking Point, Mexican Newspaper Prints Final Edition


A Mexican newspaper in the border town of Juarez has declared a halt to printing because of a climate of violence against journalists and a culture of impunity.In a final note published on the Internet and on the front page of the paper on Sunday (April 2), the editor of Norte Oscar Kanto Morguia in the hands of readers “Adios!” He explained the reasons for the closure decision.

He cited the killing of journalist Miroslav Berich, who killed eight people in his car outside her home in northern Chihuahua state last month, as a “tragic” example of journalists paying for their work.

The 54-year-old and three-year-old mother was one of three journalists killed in Mexico in March alone. Kanto said it was very dangerous to work freely and safely because of insecurity.

“On this day, the distinguished reader, I am writing to inform you that I have taken the decision to close this newspaper because of the fact that among other things, there are no guarantees and no security for the critical press practice, balancing,” Kanto in his letter.

“Everything in life has its beginning and end, the price pays, and if the price is life, I am not prepared for any more collaborators to pay it, nor am I willing to pay it either,” he added.

He was the editor-in-chief of Norte and the paper believes that her career was the motive behind her murder. The journalist was with one of her children when she was killed even though the child was unhurt. There is a sign left at the scene of the crime: “for being loud”.

In an editorial after her death, the governor of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, challenged Norte to ensure that the crime did not go unpunished.

“Miroslava was a perfect journalist, strict in her professional work, upright, of great values, a combatant woman … cling to her ideals, today we raise the demand for justice for death that should not happen, for a family that may be orphaned, because of an injured profession, undermined by criminal and institutional violence “He said.

“This is now the main line of inquiry,” Coral said.At least 38 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992 because of motives related to their work, CPJ said.

“Mexico clearly has a deep and complete crisis in freedom of expression,” said Carlos Luria, director of the Americas at the Committee to Protect Journalists.”This affects Mexicans, not just journalists, because the fact that the newspaper is shut down deprives people of the information they need to make informed decisions.”


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