Narco-Censorship: Under threat from Mexican drug cartels, reporters go silent

Placards with pictures of slain journalists are seen this month at a Mexico City rally by journalists protesting the violence they face. (Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP/Getty Images / August 7, 2010)

By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times

Journalists know drug traffickers can easily kidnap or kill them — and get away with it.

A new word has been written into the lexicon of Mexico’s drug war: narco-censorship.

It’s when reporters and editors, out of fear or caution, are forced to write what the traffickers want them to write, or to simply refrain from publishing the whole truth in a country where members of the press have been intimidated, kidnapped and killed.”

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