Mexican editors outraged at pirated copies of their magazine attacking a Senatorial candidate

Editors of a magazine in the tourist city of Cancún, Mexico, claimed that their publication was pirated on Feb. 5 in violation of the press law, the rights of the authors, and industrial property laws, according to NotiSureste.

The front page of the real magazine Luces del Siglo featured an interview with Raúl Martins, who is under investigation for prostituting and exploiting Argentine women in Cancún. In its place, the pirated version published personal attacks against aspiring Senatorial candidate Gregorio Sánchez Martínez.

Magazine collaborator Renato Consuegra accused the current governor of Quintana RooRoberto Borge, and his predecessor, Félix González Canto, for pirating the publication. "It's the dirtiest thing I've ever seen in my life as a journalist," he wrote in his column for the newspaper Vanguardia.

The magazine's editor Norma Madero and Agustín Ambriz denounced the threats, attacks and smear campaign that took place last October after publishing a report alleging embezzlement by the state's former governor.

NotiCaribe reported that its Twitter account was the target of a cyber attack attempting to insult politicians and readers, as well as damage its website, which publishes news from Cancún and the Riviera Maya.