Ildefonso Ortiz
The Monitor
May 23, 2012

Constant threats and reprisals have created a self-imposed muzzle on Mexican news outlets when it comes to stories about organized crime in the northern Mexican cities.

The constant threats of retaliation, attacks and manipulation of the media by organized crime have created an environment similar to working in a designated war zone, said Celeste Gonzalez, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona.

Gonzalez said the only difference between reporting in Mexico and a designated war zone is the lack of rules of engagement and operational procedures.

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