The major daily in the war-wracked Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez, El Diario
, surprised media around the globe on Saturday when it published
an unusual editorial that openly compromises the paper's coverage in order to preserve its journalists' lives.
Under the headline, "What do you want from us?," the editorial pleads for the cartels to stop killing journalists, and asks them to clarify what journalists are allowed to publish in order to avoid adding to the long list of reporters killed in Mexico in the last decade. In a bold move, the paper addresses the cartels directly, and even recognizes their power in Ciudad Juárez. "You are the de facto authorities in this city, since our legitimate representatives have been unable to prevent our colleagues from being killed," the editorial reads in Spanish.