Enrique Juárez Torres, editorial director of El Mañana de Matamoros, knows very well what a “zone of silence” means. In Feb. 4, 2015, a group of drug traffickers kidnapped him for covering a wave of violence taking place in the border city of Matamoros.
“We are going to kill you,” the kidnappers said to Juárez.
He was freed the same day, but he found the newsroom empty. Most of the reporters, editors and administrative personnel quit their jobs and left the newspaper. Now Juárez and his family are living in the U.S.