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Newspaper in northern Mexico will stop reporting on crime after threats

After receiving threats on 45 banners hung in several cities across the state of Coahuila, Mexico, the newspaper Zócalo announced that it would cease reporting on organized crime effective Monday, March 11.

The newspaper is distributed in the cities of Saltillo, Monclova, Piedras Negras and Acuña, in the northern state of Coahuila, said that its journalists lacked security guarantees to freely practice their profession.

"The decision to suspend all reporting related to organized crime is rooted in our responsibility to ensure the integrity and security of over one thousand workers, their families and ours," said Zócalo.

Two other Juárez-based news organizations that suffered shooting attacks in neighboring Chihuahua state announced that they would continue reporting and look for additional ways to protect their journalists, according to the newspaper Reforma.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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