Newspaper office in Mexico attacked for second time
A prominent Mexican newspaper office was set on fire on Sunday by two masked men, the second similar attack on the daily this month. According to the newspaper, the armed men walked into the Sierra Madre office of the El Norte newspaper in the northern city of Monterrey, threatened a security guard, poured gasoline out of canisters, and lit the building on fire.
The 15 people that were in the building were not injured, the paper said. Although no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, the group sent out a message to its employees asking them to continue their work undeterred. “With great respect and admiration we aim toward a different type of heroic action: one that is done by soldiers of freedom. Those who, with bravery, talent, compromise and discipline, not in a quick instant but in decades of battle, are able to improve the lives of others,” the message said. “We are referring to the 3,500 people who work at Grupo Reforma, including editors and advisers. Those who make an effort to make a claim against the unacceptable conditions which have led our compatriots to violence and desperation.” Since Mexico declared an open war on drug cartels, journalists have been kidnapped, killed, and threatened; specifically journalists who cover drug trafficking and institutional corruption.