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Zacatecas journalist and his family threatened following critical reporting on state governor's top aides

(CEPET/IFEX) - At approximately 8:10 p.m. (local time) on 14 April 2008, the family of Zacatecas state-based journalist Martín Carcaño received a telephone call from a woman who said "watch your tongue; it's too loose," and "your family will be attacked."

Carcaño, who works for Noticias en Tiempo Real Medios de Comunicación (NTR) - a media company that produces television programmes, printed supplements and websites - commented in his column "Plaza de Armas" that the threats may well be related to the content of an investigative piece published in the supplement "La Semana", distributed along with "El Sol de Zacatecas" newspaper. He added, "We won't be daunted by their threats. Why do we have to 'watch our tongue', when we're telling the truth? NTR's main strengths are precisely its objectivity and commitment to society."

The investigative piece referred to the failures of Zacatecas Governor Amalia García Medina's inner circle, and the various ways in which they exercise their power.

NTR also mentioned the threatening call on its 8:00 a.m. news programme "NTR Por La Mañana" on 15 April, and both NTR and Carcaños indicated that the Zacatecas state government should be held responsible for any attacks that may occur against NTR staff or their families.

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