One of the few industries in Mexico that should be relied upon to speak the truth about what’s going on with the current drug war is looking like it will no longer be there for the public. Due to threats and acts of violence against them, newspapers are refusing to do any more coverage on the government war against the cartels. This week alone saw two newspapers in northern Mexico suffer attacks of automatic weapons and grenades. Though no one was injured, it certainly put a scare into them.
This is not the first act of violence against those in the field of journalism, of course. Journalists have been suffering from violence and threats for years now as the cartels sought to silence them individually. Since there were too many to effectively silence one at a time, the drug gangs chose instead to target where they worked.
Newspapers have been working hard over the years, trying to expose much of the corruption that has lead to the current difficulties. The government is in a position where it can barely distinguish friend from foe. So many people in the government also work for the cartels that entire state organizations are doing the will of the drug gangs and providing them with vast sums of money - money that is being used to prolong the war. The investigation that brought on the recent attacks concerned corruption within the public transportation department.
Some newspapers, however, have chosen to continue the fight, despite potential consequences. Without the proper coverage of what’s going on, the public does not feel as much need to be outraged. That anger among Mexico’s citizens is key in organizing a solid resistance against cartel control of the country. Good luck to those few who carry on. With people working on all fronts to chip away at the cartels’ power base, Mexico may soon yet see a new day where it can truly experience the democracy that its government professes to endorse.