Mexican silence zone shuts down media

Mexican silence zone

Tamaulipas (in red) and, to its southeast, the northern tip of Veracruz together form the “silence zone” (map by TUBS)

PRAYER ALERT on Mexican silence zone. In the past 18 months, 18 journalists have been killed while covering drug trafficking in Mexico. Authorities found the latest corpse of a journalist, Hector Gonzalez Antonio, with visible signs of torture. This occurred in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the state of Tamaulipas. Tamaulipas borders on Texas. The Interamerican Commission of Human Rights (ICHR) has labeled Tamaulipas and part of Veracruz as a “silence zone”.

In a silence zone the press, under intimidation, neither investigates nor reports certain criminal activities. Specifically, drug trafficking, human trafficking, prostitution, extortion, illegal business deals and corruption in customs go unreported. Criminals and cartels exercise a free hand without fear of public exposure. In fact, in some cases criminal organizations have dictated to journalists what to say about violent episodes.

The era of the silence zone began in 2006. That year witnessed an unprecedented attack of gunshots and explosives on the office of the daily newspaper El Manana in Tamaulipas. Since then other media such as the daily Expreso and Televisa have suffered attacks. Both also are in Tamaulipas. Criminals have even hunted down and killed bloggers who report anonymously on illegal acts. Furthermore, authorities have resolved less than one percent of cases of attacks against journalists. Afghanistan is the only country in the world where it is more dangerous to practice journalism.

In this huge silence zone, millions of people cannot find out who is perpetrating the chronic violence. They cannot know where the attacks take place. They cannot know who is targeted. Moreover, they live under a reign of terror in which telling the truth carries a death sentence. We must pray that God sets them free from such cruel bondage to drug lords.

PRAY THAT GOD WILL:

1 Show His way out of every temptation to join or cooperate with criminal gangs.

2 Alert their targets and cause their attacks to fail.

3 Expose their evil plans, and empower witnesses and authorities to bring them to justice.

4 Exalt freedom of speech in the silence zone, and the Lordship of Christ in drug-lord territories.

5 Raise up Christian leaders with divine power to demolish more drug-lord strongholds in Mexico.

6 Turn back the wave of drug-related violence which has claimed 200,000 lives since 2007.

7 Release waves of revival which will cleanse the land, and pour out His Spirit on all Mexico.

DailyInsightEvery crisis is a vaccuum for either violence or peace to invade (see Ps. 46:9-10).

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