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Latino Daily News

Thursday July 29, 2010

Mexican Journalists Remain Missing

Four northern Mexican journalists, that include several television reporters, a camera man and a newspaper columnist, covering the ongoing problems in a Durango prison remain missing this morning since being kidnapped on Monday.  The journalists were covering ongoing gang control of a prison in Gomez Palacio, Durango that has been receiving a lot of attention.  Prison authorities were under investigation for allowing inmates to leave with weapons and carryout executions without impunity.  The inmates from this prison have been connected to the July 18 killing of 17 young people attending a party in Coahuila.

No one has laid claim to the kidnapping of the journalists, authorities suspect a drug cartel from Sinaloa and rivals to the powerful Zeta cartel.  Some of the kidnappers demands include the airing of video discrediting the corrupt prison officials and the Zeta drug cartel.  Journalists have been targeted some time in Mexico, with at least 30 murdered or unaccounted for since 2006 when President Calderon declared war on the drug cartels. 

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