A Mexican journalist has been living at the offices of her newspaper as a safety measure after having suffered three aggressions against her, reported CNN México. María José Gamboa has lived at the facilities of newspaper Notiver, in the state of Veracruz (on the country's east coast) for the last three years, the portal said.
According to the journalist, in the first attack the windows of her car were broken; in the second, her tires were punctured. However, the third occasion was the most alarming. Unknown men broke into her ex-husband's house and threw her daughter's toys on the floor, one of which was nailed to the ground with a machete, CNN said.
Gamboa is known for her criticisms of the state's authorities, whom she publicly blamed for the attacks against her and being laid off twice in the past.
Gamboa's living arrangements at her newspaper became public after she registered as a pre-candidate for the state legislature's elections this year and had to present proofs of residence, Frontenet reported. For this portal, the journalist may have committed a crime if authorities can verify that she lied about her address in her registration.
Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.