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More than a dozen armed men attacked a pair of radio stations in the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Reporters Without Borders said Thursday.
The stations, La Estrella Maya que Habla and La FM Maya, share a a single facility in the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto and both are owned by the town’s former mayor, Sebastian Uc Yam.
Machete-wielding men with gasoline bombs stormed the studios in the wee hours of Monday, destroying the transmission equipment, the Paris-based watchdog group known as RSF said in a statement.
The intruders also assaulted the studio caretaker and his family, as well as two journalists who were working at the time.
One of the reporters required treatment after receiving a blow with a machete.
“We firmly condemn this attack and we hope the investigation ... will succeed in identifying those responsible,” RSF said. “We urge the authorities to examine the possibility that the motive was linked to the two radio stations’ journalistic work and not automatically assume it was Sebastian Uc Yam’s political activities.”
RSF also pointed out that police took more than an hour to reach the scene of the attack.
A presenter with La Estrella Maya que Habla, Hermelindo Martinez, told RSF that police failed to carry out an investigation when he was abducted for several hours in July 2012.
“With 88 journalists killed in the past decade, and 17 other disappeared, Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media,” RSF said.