Reading the newspapers leaves blood on your hands…..

Walking around the streets of Mexico City, it’s hard to miss the corpses all around. I’m not talking about dead bodies on the street, but rather the bloodied corpses in the hands of street vendors and shoe shiners taking a break from their work to flick through their daily newspapers.

Accustomed to the rather gore-shy British press, it’s astounding to an untamed British eye how far some Mexican editors are prepared to go in their coverage of gun crime, murders and homicides in the country. Practically everyday the front pages of newspapers such as La Prensa carry the kind of pictures that most in Britain will never set eyes upon.

I’m not quite voyeuristic enough to put the picture on my page, but here’s a link to the front page story of today’s La Prensa – not for the feint-hearted.

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