Last week, banners threatening the staff of the Zócalo newspaper group and signed by Z42, the street name of Zetas cartel leader Omar Trevino Morales, appeared in cities and towns around Coahuila State, Mexico. On Monday, Zócalo Saltillo published an editorial that read:
In view of the fact that there are no guarantees and no security for the practice of journalism, the Editorial Board of the Zócalo newspapers decided, as of this date, to stop publishing any information relating to organized crime….
The decision to suspend all information relating to organized crime is based on our responsibility to ensure the integrity and safety of our more than one thousand employees and their families, and our own.
It is our hope that true peace will prevail in our beloved country soon.