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Grenade explodes in front of TV station in northern Mexico




A grenade exploded in front of the headquarters of a Mexican television station the night of Sunday, March 25, in the border city of Matamoros, causing material damages but no injuries, reported the newspaper El Universal.

Police sources confirmed that a man approached the offices of the station Televisa Noroeste and threw a grenade, reported Terra. The week before, a car bomb exploded in front of a newspaper in another city but in the same state of Tamaulipas, one of the regions most impacted by organized crime in Mexico. “Two violent attacks against media outlets in a week, and both in Tamaulipas,” according to Juan Carlos Romero, of the Program for Freedom of Expression and Journalists Protection of the organization Article 19, as reported the news site Al Margen.

The offices of Televisa in the cities of Matamoros and Ciudad Victoria, both in Tamaulipas, as well as in the city of Monterrey, suffered explosive attacks in 2010.

In addition, in the northern state of Durango, a journalist's house was shot at on Saturday, March 24, according to the journalism site Clases de Periodismo. Journalist Víctor Montenegro, editor of the weekly El Contralor, and freelancer for the magazine Contralínea and the digital newspaper Lobo Times at the Autonomous University of Durango, said that bullets damaged the door and facade of his house, as well as his car, but no one was injured, reported Article 19.

Because of the number of journalists killed in 2011, Mexico is considered the most dangerous country in the world for journalists. See this Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas map of attacks on the Mexican press.



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