Grenades launched at offices of television station in northern Mexico

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  • August 16, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Mexican authorities are investigating grenade attacks at the offices of media giant Televisa in the cities of Matamoros and Monterrey. The first incident happened in Matamoros the night of Saturday, Aug. 14, and no one was injured. In the case of Monterrey, the attack occurred at dawn on Sunday, slightly injuring two employees and damaging a car and nearby buildings, reported Agencia Reforma and La Crónica de Hoy.

According to Milenio, two organized crime cells with ties to the gang Los Zetas were behind the attacks. Another similar incident occurred in Monterrey in January 2009, when armed individuals through a grenade and fired at the television station with machine guns.

The attacks occurred even as Mexican journalists are suffering from and threats linked to drug trafficking,, explained BBC Mundo. At least five reporters and videographers from Televisa have quit in Monterrey because of the climate of violence, added El Universal. Televisa has started offering bullet-proof vests for reporters who cover organized crime.

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.