Gunmen open fire outside Diario de Juárez, Channel 44 buildings (updated)

“We are urging Chihuahua and federal officials to take the steps to protect journalists in Chihuahua,” Roberto Delgado, president of the Juárez Journalist Association said. “We asked for more patrolling around media outlets to ensure journalists work safely.”

Two Juarez media buildings, Diario de Juarez and television Channel 44, were riddled with bullets early Wednesday morning in separate drive-by shootings, authorities said.

No one was injured at either site and an investigation has been launched, said Ángel Torres, spokesperson for Attorney General in Juárez. He said federal and state authorities are working together and are investigating the attacks against the newspaper and television station.

According to Diario de Juárez website, its building was hit seven times by a group of men who shot at the building, located at Paseo Triunfo de la República Avenue in the Pronaf area.

The incident happened at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to Diario reports.

Minutes later, Canal 44’s television station was shot at several times, said Roberto Delgado, president of the Juárez Journalist Association.

“An armed group, riding in a van, opened fire against Diario, and fled,” Delgado said in a telephone interview. “Later on, Canal 44 was also targeted, and we believe it was the same group.”

He said they don’t know motives for the attack.


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