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Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 10:21 GMT
Web appeal over Mexican murders
Marching women last November
The unsolved murders have prompted widespread protests
Journalists in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez have set up a website to draw international attention to the unsolved murders of hundreds of women.

More than 300 young girls and women have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez since 1993.

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The group has accused the state authorities of failing to investigate the killings thoroughly.

The case has caused widespread outrage.

Despite several federal and state investigations, the authorities have been unable to identify the killers or establish a motive behind the murders.

Dozens of suspects have been arrested over the years, but the deaths continue.

Negligence

The group of journalists for the periodical El Norte have published articles on the website (http://www.impunidad.blogspot.com/) criticising various aspects of the investigation.

Pictures of the victims in Ciudad Juarez
Appeals for information have so far failed to produce many leads
One of the journalists, Antonio Flores accused the authorities of "terrible negligence", Spanish news agency Efe reported.

Drug-related killings and sex slavery are among the lines of investigation being pursued.

In November, more remains were found in the northern border town. The remains were found in the backyard of a house allegedly used as the site of satanic rituals.

Mexico's First Lady Martha Sahagun de Fox has called the killings the country's most outrageous example of violence against women.

But the opposition has blamed President Vicente Fox's government for not doing more to stem the killings.

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