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After Journalists Murdered, Mexican Paper Decides To Cut Drug War Coverage

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A man mourns in front of newspaper photographer Carlos Santiago's coffin during his wake in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Guillermo Arias/AP Photo hide caption

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El Diario de Juarez, which The Associated Press calls "the biggest newspaper in Mexico's most violent city," has decided to scale back its coverage of the country's drug war. In their estimation, it has become too dangerous for everyone — including journalists.

"We do not want more deaths," the Spanish-language newspaper said in a front-page editorial this weekend, entitled "What do they want from us?"

We ask you to explain what you want from us, what we should try to publish or not publish, so we know what to expect.

Liz Goodwin, of Yahoo! News, explains what precipitated the announcement:

Two photographers for El Diario, one of them an intern, were attacked on their way to lunch last week. One died, and the other is seriously wounded. In 2008, a crime reporter for El Diario was gunned down outside of his home.

Carlos Lauria, a program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, condemned the attack on Sept. 16:

We are shocked by this brutal attack against our colleagues. In vast parts of Mexico, the media is under siege from criminal organizations. The Mexican federal government must immediately intervene in this crisis of national dimension. We urge President Felipe Calderon to make the protection of free expression a priority of his national agenda.

In August, NPR's Jason Beaubien reported on how Mexico's drug cartels use force to silence media there.

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