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Dec 6, 2010 5:32 PM by Greg Boyce

Mexican publisher says Mexico suffers from "moral malnutrition"

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The leader of Mexico's largest newspaper chain says that truth and transparency must be assured in the Mexican press and legal system or the country will keep seeing social problems and a violent drug war.

Alejandro Junco de la Vega is chairman and chief executive of Mexico's Grupo Reforma newspaper. He delivered the keynote address Monday at a summit on violence against journalists. The event is co-sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and Mexico's IAPA. Junco says Mexico is  suffering from something worse than hunger - what he calls civic, moral and economic malnutrition.

During remarks at the University of Texas at El Paso, he said he's optimistic that Mexico can recover from its problems, but only when drug cartels and corrupt government agencies can be held accountable.

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