Mexican journalist's house broken into; threatening message left inside

Several individuals broke into a journalist's house and left him a threatening message in Sonora, in northeast Mexico, reported the newspaper Nuevo Día in the city of Nogales.

Hiram González, reporter for Nuevo Día and anchorman for the local TV news program Canal Siete, arrived at his house at midnight on Monday, July 16, and found his house broken into and a note on his table that read "you will die reporter," reported Nuevo Día. The journalist's house was broken into three times in the past and his home appliances and computers were stolen, according to the newspaper.

The journalist filed a complaint with the authorities and the Attorney General of Sonora is investigating his case, reported the newspaper.

The journalist doesn't know who could have threatened him since he only reports information that local authorities provide, according to the news site Nogales International. Unlike many other Mexican news media outlets, the newspaper Nuevo Día still publishes stories about organized crime on its front pages and provides the reporters' names, added Nogales International.

Mexico is the most dangerous country in the American continent for practicing journalism. See this map about attacks against the Mexican press made by 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.