The Mexican government is trying to put a new linguistic spin on the country's drug war, in part by discouraging the use of terms such as "drug war."

Government spokespeople have been told they should now avoid using terms used by criminals to describe kidnappings and killings.

They have also been told to change the way criminal suspects are presented to the media.

The move drew mixed reactions Monday, a day after top Interior Department officials announced the changes at a conference of state and federal security public relations specialists.

The administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto has pledged to reduce violence in Mexico, but critics say so far that has implied simply talking about it less.