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Reporter files complaint saying he was threatened for reporting on union conflict

(CEPET/IFEX) - Juan Pablo Sánchez Carreón, a reporter for the daily "El Mañana", has said he was assaulted and threatened by José Cruz Tejada Alvarado, the director of a school in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, northern Mexico. According to the reporter, the incident took place when he attempted to interview Cruz Tejada about a conflict in which the school director is involved.

Sánchez Carreón said that he has been covering a conflict within the state schoolteachers' union for several weeks. There are two factions within the union, one of which has accused Cruz Tejada of being an "aviador", or person who occupies a position but fails to carry out the work associated with that position.

On 8 October 2009, Sánchez Carreón went to the school where Cruz Tejada is the director in order to obtain his side of the story. However, when he attempted to interview Cruz Tejada, the school director began to complain about the stories that had already been published implicating him in acts of corruption.

"He grabbed my camera and threw it to the ground. He insulted me and said I was affiliated with the group that is against him. I told him that I was trying to provide him with an opportunity to give his version of events, but he kept harassing me and threatened to beat me," Sánchez Carreón said.

Sánchez Carreón filed a complaint against Cruz Tejada regarding the threats with the state Attorney General's Office.

Subsequently, on 9 October, the reporter was attending a meeting of the teachers' union when he noticed that an unknown individual was taking photographs of him. According to the reporter, he investigated the identity of the person taking the photographs and came to the conclusion that it was the school director's son, José Cruz Tejada Hernández. As a result, the reporter is considering the possibility of broadening the scope of the complaint filed with the Attorney General's Office.

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