MEXICO CITY, Sept 2 Armed men abducted the
cousin of the owner of Mexico's top broadcaster, Televisa, on
Thursday in one of the hotspots of the country's drug war,
local media reported.
Fernando Azcarraga Lopez, a former mayor of the port city
of Tampico in northeastern Tamaulipas state, was seized as he
left a coffee shop in Tampico, El Norte and El Sol de Tampico
The papers identified Azcarraga, a businessman, as a cousin
of Televisa (TV.N) (TLVACPO.MX) Chairman and Chief Executive
Emilio Azcarraga Jean, one of the most high-profile media
figures in Mexico.
Police in Tamaulipas said they could not confirm the
reports, while Televisa, the world's largest producer of
Spanish-language content, said it had no information on the
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A car bomb exploded last week on a street near Televisa's
studios in Ciudad Victoria, another city in Tamaulipas state,
in what appeared to be the latest attempt by drug gangs to
intimidate the media.
More than 28,000 people have died in drug violence since
President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on the powerful
cartels when he took office in late 2006.
Police this week captured Edgar "La Barbie" Valdez, a major
drug trafficker, but his arrest is not expected to halt the
flow of drugs into the United States or staunch bloodshed in
Mexico's most violent areas, many of them along the U.S.
Mexico has also long been known for criminal gangs that
kidnap wealthy individuals and demand ransoms.
(Reporting by Cyntia Barrera Diaz and Robin Emmott; Editing
by Missy Ryan and Paul Simao)