A group of armed individuals kidnapped for several hours, near the northeastern Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, a man who was delivering the newspapers El Norte and Metro, during which time they seized the 2100 copies he was carrying and burned them, the daily Reforma reported Saturday.
According to Reforma, the delivery man was threatened at gunpoint by an individual who warned him to never deliver the Monterrey newspapers to Nuevo Laredo again: "Information generated in Monterrey, stays in Monterrey, and what is generated here, stays here", he said.
The daily Reforma, El Norte and Metro belong to Mexico’s Grupo Reforma newspaper company.
The incident took place Friday morning, less than two days after newly appointed Nuevo Laredo police chief Gen. Manuel Farfan Carriola and five people accompanying him were murdered.
The murders were reported by the daily El Norte on the front page of its Feb. 3 edition.
The attack occurred at 5:30 local time on the highway linking the cities of Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo, about two kilometers down the road from a municipal police checkpoint where the delivery man had been searched.
After burning the newspapers, the kidnappers blindfolded the worker and took him to the highway between Nuevo Laredo and Piedras Negras, where they let him go after taking his ID documents.
Reforma noted that the local press in Nuevo Laredo has reported nothing about the murder of Gen. Farfan, his personal secretary and four bodyguards.
Farfan was one of nine former military officers hired to take over the command of police departments in Tamaulipas.
The violence has intensified in Tamaulipas and neighboring Nuevo Leon state since the appearance in Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon, in February 2010 of giant banners heralding an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels against Los Zetas, a band of Mexican special forces deserters turned hired guns.
Sources: CNN, LAHT