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Car bomb explodes in front of Mexican newspaper's offices




On Monday, March, 19, a car bomb exploded in front of the offices of a Mexican newspaper in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the northern state of Tamaulipas, reported the BBC. This makes the 25th armed attack with explosives against news media outlets in Mexico in the last three years -- none of which have been investigated by authorities, according to an upcoming report from the press freedom organization Article 19 that will be released on Tuesday, March 20.

Authorities say that the bomb exploded in front of the newspaper Expreso, the best-selling newspaper in Victoria city, according to the news agency Notimex. No one was harmed during the incident, however, the explosion did cause material damage to five cars that were parked nearby.

The newspaper posted information about the explosion on its website, but deleted the post five minutes afterwards, reported the newspaper El Universal. On Tuesday, March 20, Expreso's website, Conexión Total, was down.

Because of the number of journalists killed in 2011, Mexico has become the most dangerous country in the world for journalism. Click here to see a map regarding attacks on the Mexican press.



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