Venezuela investigating bomb attack against newspaper

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  • August 6, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The Prosecutor’s Office has opened a case into this week’s molotov cocktail bomb attack against the offices of the newspaper Las Noticias, El Universal reports.

La Opinión newspaper’s truck was outside the building and was destroyed in the attack, but the building itself was left mostly unharmed.

Las Noticias’ director said the attack may be linked to the paper’s editorial line. “The two people who threw these firebombs weren’t drunk. These people have to have been sent,” he said.

In June, a similar incident took place, when homemade bombs were thrown at the headquarters of the Capriles newspaper chain, one of Venezuela's leading media conglomerates.

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.