HomeNewsBriefCiudad Juarez TV Station, Newspaper Assaulted
BRIEF

Ciudad Juarez TV Station, Newspaper Assaulted

MEXICO / 7 MAR 2013 BY JAMES BARGENT EN

Armed men shot up the offices of a newspaper and a TV station in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in the third reported attack against Mexican journalists and media institutions in the last week.

In the early hours of March 6, assailants traveling in a mini-van fired at least seven rounds as they drove past the reception area of El Diario de Juarez building, El Diario reported.

Shortly after, a similar vehicle shot at least 10 rounds at TV station Canal 44’s security gate. No one was hurt in either attack.

The following day, Police found the vehicle they believed was used in the attacks, which had been stolen the month before. They have so far detained nine people for questioning in connection with the assaults, although no arrests have been made.

Five of the arrested men work as private security guards at one of the city’s gated communities. An hour before the attacks, one of the guards had threatened a Diario journalist who was reporting on a fire at the community. According to the journalist, the guard told him, “You are over the line of private property, you have five seconds, if you don’t leave I’ll shoot you.”

The assault follows the murder of the director of a news website in the municipality of Ojinaga, in the same state, Chihuahua, earlier in the week.

In February, assailants shot at the facilities of the newspaper El Siglo de Torreon in the neighboring state of Coahuila, three times in three days. The attacks followed the kidnapping of five of the newspaper’s journalists earlier in the month.

InSight Crime Analysis

The recent attacks in Chihuahua follow a fierce broadside launched against the press by Ciudad Juarez police chief, Julian Leyzaola, who said some local media groups were “digging their own graves” because of their “yellow” journalism.

The controversial Leyzaola, whose hardline tactics have earned him praise for helping bring violence under control in Juarez and criticism for alleged human rights abuses (See InSight Crime special — Juarez After the War), mentioned Canal 44 several times as he railed against the reporting of police abuses, which he said were treated like a “reality TV show.”

Both the physical and verbal attacks on Mexican media institutions highlight the dangerous environment journalists in Mexico frequently operate in, where they are at risk from criminal groups but cannot always turn to the authorities for protection.

The state has consistently failed to provide adequete protection for journalists since drug war violence exploded in 2006, and although then President Felipe Calderon passed a law on protection for media and human rights workers in 2012, impunity in crimes against journalists remains widespread.

 

Compartir icon icon icon

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Related Content

GULF CARTEL / 27 APR 2015

Despite government efforts, fuel theft has risen in Mexico, at a time when falling oil and gas prices…

DRUG POLICY / 16 AUG 2018

New data shows synthetic opioid drugs are driving a sustained increase in overdose deaths in the United States, and booming…

DISPLACEMENT / 27 FEB 2017

Mexico's violence-induced forced displacement crisis is only beginning. Almost a third of the country's municipalities have fewer inhabitants than they…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…