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Border newspaper halts circulation after attack by Mexican drug cartel in Nuevo Laredo

February 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border newspaper halts circulation after attack by Mexican drug cartel in Nuevo Laredo

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A Mexican cartel has attacked and threatened news outlets in the border city of Nuevo Laredo in the state of Tamaulipas. The most recent episode forced one of the papers to stop publication for two days.

On Tuesday, El Mañana newspaper based in Nuevo Laredo published a small report where they announced that they had ceased their circulation for two days without specifying the reason.

A spokesman for the press outlet, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons, told Proceso, gunmen had assaulted three of the newspaper’s employees on Saturday.

The armed assailants destroyed a delivery truck, threatened reporters, employees, and the delivery team, the newspaper source indicated.

Another source with knowledge of the case added that cartel members had threatened the journalists who worked there before the attack.

El Manana office based in the border city of Nuevo Laredo was subject to attacks by cartel gunmen earlier this week

Although it is unclear as to which cartel carried out the attack, the city of Nuevo Laredo remains an area under the control of the Cartel Del Noreste unit of the Los Zetas.

El Mañana is one of the publications that has been the target of the worst assaults since the beginning of the brutal wars between cartels.

In 2004, the Sinaloa and Los Zetas cartels went to war over control of the city and in 2010 violence escalated again when the Los Zetas split from their former bosses with the Gulf Cartel.

The publication’s director, Roberto Mora, was executed in a crime that remains unsolved in March 2004. Between multiple attacks, the outlet self-censured itself and quit publishing stories about cartel activity.

After the most recent crime, the Network of Journalists of Mexico’s Northeast issued a statement demanding that the Government of Mexico end the impunity with which cartels operate where they can threaten and attack news outlets without penalty

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