Mexican Network Cancels News Show After Kidnappings

By Andrew Gauthier 

Associated Press

Mexico’s biggest television network canceled a popular news show to protest the kidnapping of four reporters, abductions that media advocates called an escalation of a campaign by drug gangs to control information.

One of the journalists –a reporter for Televisa — was released Thursday, hours before journalist Denise Maerker, the anchor of Televisa’s news magazine show “Starting Point,” announced the network’s decision shortly before midnight, when the show was scheduled to go on the air.


“We’re not willing to go on the air tonight pretending nothing is happening,” Maerker said. More…