Gunmen open fire on Mexican newspaper, bringing the number of attacks on the press since July to six

Gunmen sprayed the facade of the Mexican newspaper El Regional del Sur with bullets during the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 8, reported the newspaper El Universal. El Regional del Sur is published in the city of Cuernacava, near the Mexican capital.

Even though employees were still working in the building when the attack occurred, around 9 p.m., no one was hurt, according to the newspaper Imagen del Golfo. Notimex reported that gunmen entered the Cuernavaca newspaper a week ago and stole $3,800 in cash.

The assault on the Cuernavaca newspaper brings the number of attacks reported against the media to 41 since 2006. Counting this attack, there have been eight reported attacks on the media in Mexico in 2012, five of which occurred after the federal elections on Jul. 1, reported the freedom of expression organization Article 19. Last week, there was also an attack on a magazine and newspaper distributor in the city of Monterrey, in the northeast of the country.

Mexico is the most dangerous country in the Americas to practice journalism. Check out this map of attacks on the press in Mexico from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

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.

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