Mexican TV stations hit by bombs, follows recent journalist kidnappings
8/15, BBC, "Officials from Mexico's largest television network Televisa say an explosive device went off in front of their station in the northern city of Monterrey.
- The attack followed a similar incident at their studios in Matamoros, in the north-east, just hours earlier.
While the blasts caused some damage to buildings, no one was injured.
Human rights groups say Mexico is one of the world's
- most dangerous countries for reporters.
Last month, two Televisa journalists were kidnapped, along with two colleagues from other media, when they were
- covering corruption allegations at a prison in Durango state.
The kidnappers reportedly demanded that the TV stations the men worked for broadcast a
- series of videos accusing local officials of ties with a drug cartel. ...
- Two of the journalists were later freed and the other two rescued."...
- UPDATE, LA TIMES, 8/16, Details on released journalists:
- "Eventually the reporters were freed.
- Blood still seeping from his scalp, a bruised Alejandro Hernandez spoke of the ordeal:
- five days of torture,
- beatings with a plank,
- threats of an ugly death.
- their news outlets met the traffickers' demands and
- aired the cartel videos.
- "Mexico TV station Televisa hit by blasts," photo reuters