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Thursday, February 5, 2015

kidnapped, beaten and warned, Matamoros editor halts narco news coverage

Lucio republished from The Monitor and posted on forum by Pepe

Kidnappers were not happy with El Manana's news coverage 

of the escalated violence in Matamoros and Reynosa

The US Consulate in Matamoros advised in a statement; it has suspended  its activities until further notice because of the Tamaulipas border violence continuing since Sunday.
 "Because of the increase in violence in Matamoros, staff American Consulate was being warned to restrict travel from home to work until further notice."
Also, he has asked consulate staff;   to be on the alert to the  presence of vehicles marked with "scorpion", "M3", "XX", " 900 "or "C7" which are  involved in violence. He explains that there is greater risk of violence in Matamoros and Reynosa due to the conflict between factions of the Gulf Cartel.

Necessity, the mother of invention: Tamaulipas has been a narco news blackout state since 2009, when mainstream publications stopped reporting, or greatly reduced, news on  organized crime activity. This resulted in the formation of Tamaulipas Twitterers and Situations at Risk bloggers (SDR and PSDR) such as #ReynosaFollow. which led the way to anonymous SDR blogging and tweeting across Mexico. (Lucio)

A newspaper editor from a Mexican border city considered his future Thursday;  a day after three
armed men dragged him from his office, beat him and threatened his life before letting him go.

Enrique Juarez Torres, editor of  El Mañana de Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, said his kidnapping was a warning from the Gulf Cartel over publishing reports in Wednesday's newspaper about gunfights in the area that killed nine people.

A total of 15 people have reportedly been killed since the weekend as rival factions of the cartel battle between the border cities of Matamoros and Reynosa.

Thursday's edition of  El Mañana in Matamoros carried no mention of Juarez's kidnapping nor the dummy grenade tossed at the door of city hall. Both stories appeared in its sister paper,  El Mañana de Reynosa.

Around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Juarez was in his office on the second floor the newspaper's downtown building. Three armed men entered, asked for him and found their way to his office. They dragged him outside and pushed him into a van. He was driven around the city, punched repeatedly and told he would be killed if he continued publishing stories about the drug violence plaguing the area. They dropped him off later outside the newspaper.

This week, Matamoros and the towns along the Rio Grande north to Reynosa have been put on edge by rolling gunbattles between the rival cartel factions. The U.S. Consulate in Matamoros issued a warning to U.S. citizens on Wednesday of a "likelihood of increased violence in the Matamoros vicinity, reportedly between the Matamoros and Reynosa factions of the Gulf cartel."

Unlike its sister paper in Reynosa, which published stories Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday about the violence, El Manana in Matamoros had published nothing until Wednesday.

"Because it was a situation of 'Enough already,' there is a lot happening," Juarez said of the decision to publish. But he said the decision to break with the usual policy of not reporting on cartel violence was made by the newspaper's owners. Asked if he agreed, he said, "Truthfully, no, because I suspected that something was going to happen, and it did."

"What they did to me was a warning," Juarez said of his kidnappers. "It is a warning to all of us who work there, those who are physically in Matamoros and those who are not in Matamoros."

Juarez, who has been editor of the newspaper for five years, said the cartel had gotten his attention previously over stories related to drug activities. He said he now considered himself a "marked" man and left Matamoros Wednesday night.

The Matamoros paper will once again avoid publishing stories that could upset the cartel, he said.

According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, 76 news media workers have been slain in Mexico since 1992


  1. No freedom speech in Mexico If anybody needs Open Carry Mexicans do. And the violence goes on we have learned to accept it, Hey its ok Its normal Pretty Sad I guess it will never end

    1. No one thinks it's normal. They all wish they had weapons to fight.

  2. the hell with those guys publish it in the US

  3. I agree. Why don;t Tamps newspapers publish in Tx and distribute as Zeta Mag does

  4. Lucio, great job! Pulling together several sources, including the later updates with new info on this breaking story...

  5. Send it as anonymous to CNN and news outlets. It needs international attention. It would affect tourism and many other things. Business do not like to do business with countiries who's government allow citizens to be abused or killed.

    1. No one cares here in the US. And CNN wouldn't publish it.

  6. Easy to find a solution to everything when your ass isn't the one feeling the heat. Do what you gotta do, El Mañana. None of these people will miss you when you are gone because of an article, but your family damn sure will.

  7. I wonder if former mayor ERICK SILVA SANTOS (PRI) now said to live in the US side, was ever prosecuted for stealing more than 80 million dollars from the city of matamoros? Columns Tamaulipas, diario digital...
    --Frankly, these mexican politicians need to be taken to the slaughterhouse like the fuckig pigs they are, AND lety salazar needs to explain what she has done to clear this matter or prosecute the mayor sonabagunn, but they are too busy closing schools for lack of resources...

  8. Metros kicking ciclones ass

  9. Face it! Mexico is a failed state. I keep hearing all sorts of stupidities about GDP growth in Mexico but no one talks about quality of GDP growth. Most sectors of the legal economy have been infiltrated by organized crime.

    Such stories will not stop - Mexico is doomed! I only question to what end this violence serves those letting it happen. Someone benefits and in many ways the Mexican government does. They now have troops everywhere and have sufficiently intimidated their people.

    I remember someone saying problem -> reaction -> solution. How will they sell the final solution? We now know. What the solution is, I have a good idea, but do not want to be called a conspiracy theorist.

  10. Growth? I LIVE HERE. I am a citizen of Mexico. Lies about growth. Pesos are going north once again. Capital flight. Lies from EPN and PRI. They have failed on all promises. But they increase taxes and tramites. Say goodbye to PRI. They will NEVER gain another sexenio. EVER!

    1. Yeah, they will. They will buy the elections AGAIN (with support from the US, of course). LOL I mean who seriously thinks that they genuinely won the 2012 elections? They didn't and I thought everyone knew that. MEXICANS DON'T GET TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN PRESIDENT.

  11. The WARNINGS were sent n they have been sent for awhile. I wanna see how many Americans ignore the WARNING sign n still cross the border? Dont cry if u get kidnapped or killed.

  12. And illegal migrants want open borders. It couldn't have been that bad in Mexico then, right? If I were them I would have started my own version of the minutemen. I will never understand Mexican migrants. Things were so bad they had to leave but not bad enough to want Mexico to stay in Mexico.

    1. Your comment is irrelevant and an excuse to spout racist, xenophobic bs.

  13. Whats the name of the rival factions battling within the CDG? why are they fighting? And whos winning? Someone please get me up to speed, thanks!


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