Mexico newspaper stops printing after reporter shot dead
In an editorial, Norte de Ciudad Juarez said Sunday's print edition would be its last because the safety of reporters cannot be guaranteed.
Regional newspaper Norte, from Ciudad Juarez, said Sunday's print edition would be its last after one of his reporters was fatally shot while lying in hammock at car wash in Mexico.
Oscar Cantu Murguia, the editor of Norte, informed readers of his decision in a farewell letter titled “Adios!” that was published on the paper’s front page and online.
He cited the recent murder of journalist Miroslava Breach in the city of Chihuahua, which like Juárez is in Chihuahua state. Breach was a reporter for the national newspaper La Jornada and had also collaborated with Norte. She was one of three journalists killed in Mexico in March.
Announcing the decision to close the paper, Cantu wrote: “On this day, esteemed reader, I address you to report that I have made the decision to close this newspaper due to the fact that, among other things, there are neither the guarantees nor the security to exercise critical, counterbalanced journalism.
“In these 27 years ... we fought against the tide, receiving attacks and punishments from individuals and governments for having exposed their bad practices and corrupt acts that only played to the detriment of our city and the people who live in it.
“Everything in life has a beginning and an end, a price to pay,” he went on. “And if this is life, I am not prepared for any more of my collaborators to pay it, nor with my own person.”
As reported in The Guardian