Mexican Newspaper criticized for Negotiating with Criminals

Posted By: Margarita Williams

A possible mistaken identity led to the murder of a journalist in Mexico. Luis Carlos Santiago, 21, was attacked Thursday while driving a car linked to a Chihuahua state human rights commission member who had received several threats, which led police to believe Santiago was not the intended target.

The newspaper the victim worked for, El Diario de Juarez ran a front-page editorial seeking peace with the drug cartels after the second killing of a  journalist in less than two years, asking “What we should try to publish or not publish, so we know what to expect.”

The government indirectly criticized the paper, saying that no sector of society should negotiate with criminals. “In no way should anyone promote a truce or negotiate with criminals who are precisely the ones causing anxiety for the public, kidnapping, extorting and killing,” said Alejandro Poire, security spokesman for President Felipe Caleron.

The newspaper said they addressed the cartels because the government is failing to protect journalists. I’m not sure if it’s smart for the newspaper to take matters into their own hands, but if they don’t stand up for themselves and speak on the behalf of citizens, who will?

According to the article, violence between two warring cartels in the past two years has killed nearly 5,000 people in Ciudad Juarez, making the city of 1.3 million people one of the world’s most dangerous places. If the government cannot control gang wars effectively, innocent people will continue to die and the vicious cycle will continue.

Read the story here.

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