Mexican Drug Cartels Called "De Facto Authorities" by Newspaper
Mexican drug cartels have been targeted by a Mexican newspaper that published an open letter to drug cartels operating in Juarez, pleading for an end to violence against journalists, newspaper officials said. "You are, at present, the de facto authorities in this city," the newspaper's letter to the cartels published Sunday said, "because the legal institutions have not been able to keep our colleagues from dying."El Diario published its commentary on the day family and friends buried newspaper photographer Louis Carlos Santiago Orozco, the second journalist from the newspaper killed in the last two years, CNN reported Monday.Investigators said they haven't tied the death to cartels and they haven't offered conjecture on who may have shot him at close range in a car parked outside of a shopping mall in Juarez."We do not want more deaths," the newspaper's letter said. "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 letter said the newspaper, which has a reputation for aggressively reporting on drug violence, said its questions didn't signal capitulation, CNN said."This is not a surrender. Nor does it mean that we've given up the work we have been developing," the letter 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."