Mexican border newspaper shuts down due to the continued violence against journalists
The paper, Norte de Ciudad Juarez, shuttered shortly after one of its contributors, Miroslava Breach Velducea, wrote about organized crime in the region, was shot and killed
The director of the newspaper, Norte de Ciudad Juarez, announced today that the newspaper would stop publishing after 27 years due to continued violence against journalists. One of its journalist contributors, Miroslava Breach Velducea, was gunned down on March 23 as she was leaving her home to go to school with her 14 year old son.
“The tragic and heartfelt death of Miroslava Breach Velducea, our contributor, on March 23rd, has made me reflect on the adverse conditions in which the exercise of journalism is developing today,” wrote Oscar A. Cantú Murguía. “High risk is the main ingredient.”
“The irresponsible failure of the public administrations of the three levels of government also leads us to this decision, given the arrogant refusal to pay the debts contracted for the provision of services,” said the paper’s editor.
Breach’s death came two days after another journalist, Ricardo Monlui Cabrera, who worked for El Politico, was murdered in Veracruz, the 20th killed in that state in the past six years.
“Everything in life has a beginning and an end, a price to pay,” wrote Cantú in the paper’s farewell post. “I am not willing to pay for one more of the lives of my collaborators, not with my own life.”