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Report: Drug cartel orders attack on Mexican newspaper

Mexican police told the staff of the Tijuana news weekly "Zeta" that a cartel member had ordered the paper's office be shot up in retaliation for publishing photographs of wanted alleged drug cartel members on its front page.

Two staffers of the news outlet have been murdered in previous years, and another survived an assassination attempt that killed a bodyguard.

Zeta printed the photos of 10 wanted men on Friday. The paper, which has seen several staffers murdered by cartels, reported the threatened attack on Monday.

A member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG in Spanish) who was pictured on the cover ordered that the newspaper's office be shot at when it was empty, Mexican police told staffers, according to a report in Zeta.

The attack was not carried out, but may have been put off, Zeta said.

“Those of us who work at Zeta maintain our commitment to investigative journalism that is controversial and denounces those people from the government, those institutions or criminal groups who seek to maintain impunity to attack the society in which we work," Zeta said.

Zeta has been targeted by both cartels and the government, with co-director Adela Navarro Bello reporting earlier in November that she had received information about a smear campaign against her that was planned by government officials.

In 1988, Zeta co-founder Héctor Félix Miranda was killed. Co-founder Jesús Blancornelas survived a 1997 assassination attempt in which a bodyguard was killed. In 2004, editor Francisco Javier Ortiz was murdered.

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