Journalist's vehicle set on fire in Tijuana, Mexico, after she denounced attack from mayor

"The vehicle of journalist Yolanda Caballero Jacobo was attacked in Tijuana, in the state of Baja California, [on Feb. 1] while she was reporting on the damage caused by the rains in the Loma Dorada neighborhood of that city. Local media have reported that unknown individuals threw bottles of gasoline into the van, set it on fire and fled. The incident occurred just hours after the journalist, with 14 years of experience in the border city with the United States, published on her social media a video in which she denounces the mayor of Tijuana, Montserrat Caballero, of the ruling party Morena, for several accusations that she has publicly made against her and that have placed the journalist in a position of vulnerability.

Caballero Jacobo denounced what happened Tuesday [Jan. 30, prior to the attack against her vehicle], in front of the Tijuana city council, when a citizen denounced the bad conditions of his neighborhood during a public event in which the mayor presided. The reporter said that, after the citizen's complaint, the mayor responded to the man: 'You come with Yolanda, what a pleasure!' In the video, the journalist also said: 'In a direct attack against me and the profession I practice, the mayor blamed me in front of all the event [attendees], and said the phrase that exposed me and put me in the spotlight. I consider the mayor's words to be an unsubstantiated attack that places me in a situation of vulnerability.'"

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