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Mexican editor's house mysteriously raided




The Mexican newspaper Reforma said that the house of editor Lázaro Ríos Cavazos was raided on the night of Tuesday, May 22, according to the Wednesday's newspaper edition.

A security guard said that the house was empty and then he saw the lights on and a person's silhouette. He called the journalist's family to see if anyone was inside the house located in Mexico City, and when he was told that everyone was out, the guard told the journalist and called the police, reported the website Animal Político. When the police agents and the journalist arrived at the house, they found that the intruder had turned on the computers in the house, and opened boxes and rifled shelves, but had stolen nothing.

The Attorney General took note of the incident but didn't start a pre-investigation since nothing was stolen and no threats against the journalist were reported, according to the newspaper La Jornada. The attorney general of the capital also said that the journalist from the newspaper Reforma had not requested protection, according to the station MVS.

It is still not established if the incident is linked to the journalist's work, but the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics said that the newspaper Reforma published a recent article about the alleged accumulation of wealth of the union leader of the public-sector company Petróleos Mexicanos, Carlos Romero Deschamps, which has unleashed many controversies in the current presidential campaign. A similar raid occurred in the house of the editor of the same newspaper before the presidential elections in 1994, reported CEPET.

The news agency Notimex also said that on June 25, 2011, the correspondent of the same newspaper in the city of Saltillo, in Northern Mexico, reported that a computer was stolen from his house, and the crime coincided with stories published about the unusual accumulation of wealth of a close collaborator of the state governor of Coahuila, Humberto Moreira, who at the time was national leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which remained in office during 71 years until the year 2000.



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