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Mexican news photographer killed; Reporter killed last week

A reporting photographer was killed in the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Monday, press groups the same day said a reporter was killed in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz last week.

MEXICO CITY – A newspaper reporter was killed in the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Monday, the same day press groups said a reporter was killed in the Gulf state of Veracruz last week.

The two killings mark a grim start to 2022 in Mexico, which is considered one of the most dangerous places for reporters outside of an active war zone.

Photographer Margarito Martínez is known for covering violent crime scenes in Tijuana. He has worked for local news agency Cadena Noticias, as well as other national and international media outlets.

Cadena Noticias reporter Antonio Maya said Martínez was attacked as he left his home.

Maya said: “He was leaving the house when they opened fire on him.

Also Monday, press groups said that a Mexican journalist who had criticized local authorities in the state of Veracruz had died, days after he was found seriously injured.

José Luis Gamboa is the director of the online news website Inforegio, in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz. The press group Reporters Without Borders wrote that “Gamboa strongly denounced and criticized the relationship between local government and organized crime”.

He is believed to have suffered stab wounds during a robbery. He died at a hospital in the state capital on January 10, but his relatives were not notified until January 14.

Martínez and Gamboa are the first two journalists to be killed this year, but 48 journalists have been killed in Mexico since December 2018. Mexico is one of the most dangerous places for reporters outside of war zones. is active.

In December, a senior government human rights official said that 90% of crimes against activists and journalists go unpunished in Mexico.

Alejandro Encinas, Mexico’s assistant interior minister in charge of human rights, said that in cases where perpetrators have been identified, nearly half are local officials.

Local officials in Mexico are often angered by corruption allegations against them, but in some cases they are also involved in crime or business interests.

Encinas said the new law was needed to protect activists and reporters.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexican-journalist-criticized-authorities-dies-82314263 Mexican news photographer killed; Reporter killed last week

Emma Bowman

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