Armed men attack newspaper offices; deteriorating conditions for journalists in Veracruz
According to the newspaper's employees, the assailants entered the building just after midnight, when approximately 20 staff members were present. The armed men poured gasoline throughout the paper's editorial, design and advertising offices and then set them on fire.
The Veracruz state government dismissed suggestions that the fire was set by armed men because no shell casings or shrapnel from explosives were found. The paper's general director, Julio Fentanes, told ARTICLE 19, however, that the "El Buen Tono" employees saw the armed men enter the building and that a weapon clip was found at the scene.
ARTICLE 19 views this attack as an escalation in the level of violence against journalists in Veracruz, noting that it also demonstrates the lack of action by the authorities to safeguard freedom of expression.
ARTICLE 19 calls on the Veracruz government to fulfill its duties and obligations and to investigate this incident, including the possibility of a link to the paper's reporting, without "pre-judging" the possible motives behind it. The organisation also urges the authorities to take into account the current security crisis and implement safety measures to protect journalists in Veracruz.