Zocalo the popular publication based in the Mexican northeast state of Coahuila announced today that they will cease all coverage of narco related news. They concede the decision is due to concerns of security.
The newspaper Zócalo is distributed in cities such as the municipalities of Monclova , Piedras Negras , Acuna and Saltillo.
Statement by the editor:
Statement by the editor:
"Given that there are no security guarantees for the full exercise of journalism, the editorial board of the newspaper Zocalo decided, as of this date, refrain from posting any information related to organized crime,"
"The decision is based on our responsibility to ensure the integrity and security of over a thousand workers, their families and ours. We hope that soon true peace will reign in our beloved country, " said the statement by the publisher.
On Thursday, the newspaper's editor, Francisco Juaristi, was threatened by narco banners placed by suspected members of organized crime in different municipalities of the State of Coahuila.
The banner was placed in cities throughout Coahuila and signed by Z42. Z42 is Omar Trevino Morales a leader of the Zetas cartel and brother of the premier leader Miguel Trevino Morales aka Z 40.
Mexico remains one of the most dangerous nation's to work as a reporter. At least 127 reporters have been killed, or kidnapped in the past 12 years
Recent threats and attacks include five against the Coahuila publication of El Siglo, based out of Torreon. The attacks have included detonation of explosives.
On March 3rd, Guadalupe Jaime Dominguez, director of a digital news website was gunned down and his camera taken in the city of Ojinaga, Chihuahua.
Text of Banner:
Juaristi Do you remember me, I am "42", stop putting nonsense on Zocalo
The only thing you are going to achieve is for me to kick your ass. Let's see if the Governor revives you, he could not revive his nephew, (reference to the murder of Lalo Moreira) , nonetheless you.
I have let you know through your connections not to put lies, just put what is, keep fucking around and I will kick your ass even if you have body guards, you are not made of iron and it is not a threat, remember that you are a public figure and predictable and I am not, wherever you go I can kick your ass and it is not a threat, it is so you'll know.
Remember me and if you will keep fucking around and putting lies in Zocalo, just wait for the punch.... and that who warns is not a traitor and in announce war there are not deaths"
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