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Editor's Murder Scares Mexican Border Reporters

Mexican journalists on the U.S. border, some with 24-hour protection from machine-gun toting soldiers, feared for their lives on Wednesday and expressed despair at an increasingly emasculated press after a crusading colleague was shot to death. Francisco Javier Ortiz Franco, a senior editor and co-founder of the Zeta weekly newspaper in Tijuana, was slain by unidentified gunmen as he drove in his car with his small children on Tuesday afternoon. Journalists said they suspected Zeta’s campaigns against corrupt politicians and drug gangs had made Ortiz a target. Some also worried that media might now be less willing to report on organized crime and drug corruption after the second killing of a high-profile journalist this year. Full Story

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