Skip to comments.Mexico Newspaper seeks publishing guidelines from Drug Cartels
Posted on 09/20/2010 4:12:13 PM PDT by MamaDearest
(RTTNews) - A prominent newspaper in Mexico's border city of Ciudad Juarez has published an editorial requesting guidelines on media publishing from drug cartels operating in the city after one of its employees was shot dead by suspected drug operatives last week.
The unprecedented editorial carried by the El Diario de Juarez newspaper on its front page on Sunday was prompted by the killing of Luis Carlos Santiago, 21-year-old photographer working for the paper, last week.
Santiago and a co-worker was shot by unidentified gunmen in Ciudad Juarez on 17 September when they were sitting inside a parked car outside a shopping mall in Ciudad Juarez. Santiago, who suffered seven gunshot injuries, later succumbed to the injuries. But his colleague, El Diario, survived the attack and is currently recovering at a hospital.
"You are, at present, the de facto authorities in this city, because the legal institutions have not been able to keep our colleagues from dying," the Sunday's editorial addressing the drug cartels operating in the city read.
"The loss of two reporters from this publishing house in less than two years represents an irreparable sorrow for all of us who work here, and, in particular, for their families," the editorial said, referring to the 2008 killing of Armando Rodriguez.
"We do not want more deaths. We do not want more injuries or even more intimidation. It is impossible to exercise our role in these conditions. Tell us, then, what do you expect of us as a medium?", the newspaper renowned for its extensive coverage of drug-related violence in the city asked in the open letter to the drug cartels.
Stressing that the editorial was not a sign of surrender to the cartels, the paper insisted that it has not given up on the work it has been developing, and said: "Instead it is a respite to those who have imposed the force of its law in this city, provided they respect the lives of those who are dedicated to the craft of reporting."
On Friday, group of unidentified gunmen shot dead seven people in a bar in Ciudad Juarez. Witnesses said the gunmen stormed the bar and opened fire at a group of people siting at a table. A woman was among those killed in the attack.
Ciudad Juarez, like many other Mexican cities and towns along the border with the US, has witnessed a high level of drug-related violence in recent months as rival drug cartels fight each other for control of smuggling routes.
The city, which has a population of 1.3 million, is located along a major route used for smuggling drugs into the United States, and is directly across the border from El Paso, Texas. More than 2,600 people were murdered in the city of Ciudad Juarez in drug-related violence last year.
The Mexican government says more than 28,000 of its citizens have been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country's drug cartels late 2006 and deployed thousands of troops to combat drug-related violence.
In addition to the war against drug cartels, President Calderon had also launched a massive anti-corruption drive named 'Operation Clean-up' to identify and punish public servants with alleged links to the drug cartels.
The Mexican newspapers are going to be lapdogs for the Cartels like the American Newspapers are for the Democrats.....
If a government loses monopoly of force over an area sovereignty is soon to follow.
I wonder if the MSM has requested formal guidelines from the terrorists yet?
I wonder if the MSM has requested formal guidelines from the terrorists yet?
Here is a glimpse of what lies ahead if we fail to end our second attempt to control the personal habits of private citizens. Listen to Enrique Gomez Hurtado, a former high court judge from Colombia who still has shrapnel in his leg from a bomb sent to kill him by the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar. In 1993, his country was a free-fire zone not unlike Mexico today, and Gomez issued this chilling and prescient warning to an international drug policy conference in Baltimore:
The income of the drug barons is greater than the American defense budget. With this financial power they can suborn the institutions of the State, and if the State resists . . . they can purchase the firepower to outgun it. We are threatened with a return to the Dark Ages.”
Profits from the Mexican drug trade are estimated at about $35 billion a year. And since the cartels spend half to two-thirds of their income on bribery, that would be around $20 billion going into the pockets of police officers, army generals, judges, prosecutors and politicians. Last fall, Mexicos attorney general announced that his former top drug enforcer, chief prosecutor Noe Ramirez Mandujano, was getting $450,000 a month under the table from the Sinaloa cartel. The cartel can of course afford to be generous Sinaloa chief Joaquin Joaquin Guzman recently made the Forbes List of Billionaires.
The depth of Joaquin Guzmans penetration into the United States was revealed a few weeks ago, when the DEA proudly announced hundreds of arrests all over the country in a major operation against the dangerously powerful Sinaloa cartel. One jarring detail was the admission that Mexican cartels are now operating in 230 cities inside the United States.
This disaster has been slowly unfolding since the early 1980s, when Vice President George H.W. Bush shut down the Caribbean cocaine pipeline between Colombia and Miami. The Colombians switched to the land route and began hiring Mexicans to deliver the goods across the U.S. border. But when the Mexicans got a glimpse of the truckloads of cash headed south, they decided that they didnt need the Colombians at all. Today the Mexican cartels are full-service commercial organizations with their own suppliers, refineries and a distribution network that covers all of North America.
As we awaken to the threat spilling over our southern border, the reactions are predictable. In addition to walling off the border, Congress wants to send helicopters, military hardware and unmanned reconnaissance drones into the fray and it wants the Pentagon to train Mexican troops in counterinsurgency tactics.
Our anti-drug warriors have apparently learned nothing from the past two decades. A few years ago we trained several units of the Mexican army in counterinsurgency warfare. They studied their lessons, then promptly deserted to form the Zetas, a thoroughly professional narco hit squad for the Gulf cartel, which offered considerably better pay. Over the past eight years, the Mexican army has had more than 100,000 deserters.
The president of Mexico rightly points out that U.S. policy is at the root of this nightmare. Not only did we invent the war on drugs, but we are the primary consumers.
The obvious solution is cutting the demand for drugs in the United States. Clearly, it would be the death of the cartels if we could simply dry up the market. Unfortunately, every effort to do this has met with resounding failure. But now that the Roaring 00s have hit the Crash of 09, the money has vanished once again, and we can no longer ignore the collateral damage of Prohibition II
This is a blunt, real demonstration of how easily newspapers are swayed and content therein propagandized (corrupted) to suit whoever the editors are attempting to appease.
But the CJ newspaper has a point, the government is no longer, if it ever was, in control of the country and they decided which side rides the stronger horse.
On Oct. 6, 2001 at its National Convention in Seattle, the Society of Professional Journalists passed a resolution urging members and fellow journalists to take steps against racial profiling in their coverage of the war on terrorism and to reaffirm their commitment to: . . . Portray Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences; . . .When writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacist, radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such activity. . . .
.. don't want to offend the wrong group -- it could be a deadly mistake.
IF WE BUILT A TRULY SECURE BORDER FENCE, THE CARTELS WOULD STARVE TO DEATH. Period.
Meh. Power has dictated Drug War coverage in this country for a long time.
Patrick Leahy warned the President of Mexico to be careful not to violate the civil rights of the drug cartels. I am not ****ing you — he really said that.
I don’t know who is worse — politicians like Leahy or the worthless _______________’s who elect them over and over.
Here's just this past week's BP record of drugs that were caught, not the ones that "got through via mules:"
Reported on September 9, 2010
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,719 pounds of marijuana and recovered a stolen GMC Sierra truck near Gunsight, Arizona. The vehicle was discovered abandoned and concealed with a tarp and brush in the desert. A search of the vehicle revealed the marijuana.
Reported on September 10, 2010
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 2,010 pounds of marijuana, a Chevrolet Suburban, a Ford pick-up, and a Dodge pick-up near Stanfield, Arizona. All three vehicles were found abandoned and a search of the vehicles revealed the marijuana.
Reported on September 11, 2010
Blaine Sector Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico and seized $119,000 near Blaine, Washington. After arresting the subject for illegal entry, a search of his backpack revealed the currency in vacuum-sealed bags.
Marfa Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a United States Citizen (USC) and seized 0.2 pounds of marijuana, a 2003 Hummer H2, a Sig Sauer P245 handgun, and 14 rounds of ammunition at the traffic checkpoint near Sierra Blanca, Texas. The case was referred to local law enforcement officials.
Reported on September 12, 2010<
Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,084 pounds of marijuana near Mission, Texas. The seizure occurred near the Rio Grande River.
Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,156 pounds of marijuana, two vehicles, and arrested two USCs near McAllen, Texas.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,738 pounds of marijuana near Ajo, Arizona. Agents discovered the abandoned marijuana while tracking a group of suspected illegal aliens.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a juvenile illegal alien from Mexico and seized 33 pounds of marijuana near Nogales, Arizona. The subject actively resisted arrest and became combative with the agent. The agent subdued the subject and took him into custody without further incident.
Reported on September 13, 2010
Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents seized 2,733 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested a USC at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. A scan using non-intrusive inspection technology revealed anomalies in the trailer and a search revealed the marijuana concealed inside.
El Paso Sector Border Patrol agents seized $400 in counterfeit currency, four ecstasy pills, recovered a stolen revolver, and arrested two USCs at the traffic checkpoint near Las Cruces, New Mexico. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle driven by the subjects and a search revealed the drugs, weapon and counterfeit currency. Reported on September 14, 2010</p>
Marfa Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a USC with a small amount of marijuana at the traffic checkpoint near Sierra Blanca, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had a lengthy criminal history, including a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon in the state of California, and two active arrest warrants for parole violation. The subject was also identified as a member of the Bloods gang.
Reported on September 15, 2010
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 2,211 pounds of marijuana near Menengers, Arizona. Agents were tracking a group of suspected illegal aliens when they discovered the abandoned marijuana in backpack bundles near the top of a mountain.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized 1,759 pounds of marijuana and a vehicle near Lukeville, Arizona. Agents followed the tracks of a suspected smuggling vehicle. The vehicle was eventually found abandoned after becoming stuck in a wash and the marijuana was discovered inside the vehicle.
These days I cannot help but pity the families whose lives have been turned upside down because the source/cause of the terrorism that killed their loved one(s) cannot/will not be named - to protect the perpetrators! It is appalling and IMHO media has lost the credibility and trust by the majority of the Americans. We no longer look to "journalists" no matter what their credentials, experience or celebrity/familiarity.
Hola. Heer are the guidelines you seekm senor editor:
1. Anyone who says bad about us will be shot in the head.
2. See guideline number one.
“Be nice or we’ll kill you. Any questions?”
Hmmm, guess NAFTA is working - or not!
Sounds like Jeff Dunham and his terrorist puppet!
Snip: Among those arrested, 26 individuals had outstanding deportation orders or were previously deported from the country and had returned, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. About 20 of the people arrested also had a criminal history, including convictions on domestic violence, theft and drug charges.
Snip: Onyango, however, told WBZ-TV, "If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen."