Mexico's Drug Wars and Reporting the News

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Brutal killings and shootouts that paralyze cities for hours often are not reported by Mexican newspapers, radio or TV. In the past four years, at least 30 journalists have been murdered or disappeared, so many that El Diario de Ciudad Juárez directly addressed the drug cartels battling for control of the city. On Sunday, in a front-page editorial, the well respected paper has asked for a "truce," implying the government can't protect citizens who are doing their jobs. There's growing Internet traffic for a blog that accepts often gruesome postings from drug lords themselves. Hillary Clinton says Mexico is like Colombia 20 years ago. Has President Calderon's military offensive failed?  What can the US do?




Warren Olney