MEXICO CITY — Mexico's biggest television network canceled a popular news show Saturday 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. "There is something happening. All the reporters of this show and all reporters run huge risks in order to do their jobs and society runs the risk of sinking into silence and disinformation."
Four journalists — two of them from Televisa, one from Milenio Multimedia television and one from a local newspaper — were kidnapped Monday after they left a prison in the northern city of Gomez Palacio where they had covered a protest against the arrest of the penitentiary's director