The Salvadoran government is no longer going to give out statistics about the number of homicides in the country. According to La Prensa Grafica, the Institute of Legal Medicine (medical examiner's office), the National Police and the Attorney General's office have all adopted policies of not releasing homicide statistics. Rodrigo Avila, head of the National Police, asserts that there was a competition among the media to divulge the statistics and the criminals to increase the statistics, and so information on the total number of murders will no longer be provided. Do they really think anyone believes this? The official silence comes from the government's realization that the ever-increasing toll of violent deaths illustrates the utter failure of the ARENA government's attempts to stop them.