Report: Mexican Newspaper Office Set on Fire in 2nd Attack This Month

Elwyn Lopez, CNN, July 30, 2012

Two masked men set the offices of a prominent Mexican newspaper on fire Sunday, the second such attack on the daily this month.

The armed men walked into the Sierra Madre office of the El Norte newspaper in the northern city of Monterrey, threatened a security guard, poured gasoline out of canisters and lit the building on fire, the newspaper said.

Fifteen people were working in the office at the time. Nobody was hurt, the paper said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

After that attack, the group sent out a message to its employees asking them to continue their work undeterred.

“With great respect and admiration we aim toward a different type of heroic action: one that is done by soldiers of freedom. Those who, with bravery, talent, compromise and discipline, not in a quick instant but in decades of battle, are able to improve the lives of others,” the message read.

“We are referring to the 3,500 people who work at Grupo Reforma, including editors and advisers. Those who make an effort to make a claim against the unacceptable conditions which have led our compatriots to violence and desperation.”

Since Mexico declared an open war on drug cartels, journalists have been kidnapped, killed and threatened—particularly those who cover drug trafficking and institutional corruption.

Since 2000, more than 70 journalists have been killed in the country.

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  • IstvanIN

    Good thing our newspapers are PC, our journalists will never be in danger.

  • slobotnavich

    We could do the people of both the US and Mexico a huge favor by simply de-criminalizing possession and use of currently illegal drugs.  Right now drugs are driving crime, putting people who’ve never hurt anyone in prison, wasting enormous police resources, and corrupting cops and public officials at all levels.  And for what?  Illegal drug use harms only the user, just as excessive alcohol consumption harms only the drunk and his immediate family, assuming he doesn’t get behind the wheel.

    When we repealed prohibition there was no immediate increase in the incidence of drunken behavior (OK, maybe on that night), though the huge organized crime groups spawned by prohibition immediately turned their efforts to other activities.  Incidentally, Prohibition created organized crime in America.  There simply was no such thing prior to Prohibition.  The criminal gangs created by it immediately turned their attention to other illegal activities such as gambling, drugs, and prostitution.

    It’ll be interesting where organized crime will go next.  My own best guess is that much of it will simply dry up and blow away.  Drug dealing is relatively low effort and low risk.  Most other criminal activities are far more dangerous, especially in a nation such as the US where many of the citizens are armed, and those who aren’t can become so with a visit to the local sporting goods store.

    In any event, it’s highly improbable that decriminalization of currently illegal drugs will turn the public in this country into an incoherent, lurching and stumbling nation of addled drug users.