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Blog del Narco: After Second Bombing, Newspaper Agrees to Not Publish Cartel Violence

Blog del Narco: After Second Bombing, Newspaper Agrees to Not Publish Cartel Violence

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012, a bomb, and a grenade exploded outside the premises of the newspaper El Mañana in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Fortunately, no employee or passerby’s were injured. The incident occurred at 6:19 am. An explosion shook the newspaper’s offices, located at the corner of Juárez and Peru.

The bomb exploded on the wall of the building’s facade, a few meters from the main entrance.  According to the first inquiries of military personnel, the explosive device has the characteristics of a grenade thrown a grenade launcher.

It is assumed that the device was thrown from a distance, so it is unknown who the perpetrators are.

The intent of this action was to send a message to the media source that has a history of covering stories of freedom, equality and justice as well as drug cartel activity.

The Laredo Morning condemns any action that limits the freedoms of our community and our country. On May 11, 2012, another bomb exploded in the premises of El Mañana in Nuevo Laredo, while several shots damaged the facilities and parking.

No one was injured at that time.

In an editorial, The Morning publicly stated its position to avoid covering violent acts caused by the war between criminal groups.

“Therefore, this paper appeals to the understanding of public opinion and shall not publish any information derived from the violent disputes and tear on our city and other regions. The Editorial Board of Directors of this company has come to this unfortunate decision, forced by circumstances that we all know, and the lack of conditions for the free exercise of journalism.”

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