A information photographer was killed within the Mexican border metropolis of Tijuana on Monday, the identical day press teams mentioned a reporter had been killed within the Gulf coast state of Veracruz final week. The 2 killings marked a grim begin to 2022 in Mexico, which is taken into account one of many most harmful locations for reporters exterior energetic struggle zones.      

Photographer Margarito Martínez was well-known for protecting the crime scene in violence-plagued Tijuana. He labored for the native information outlet Cadena Noticias, in addition to for different nationwide and worldwide media shops.

The physique of Mexican photojournalist Margarito Martinez lies on the bottom after he was shot useless close to his home in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico, on January 17, 2022. 

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Cadena Noticias reporter Antonio Maya mentioned Martínez was attacked as he left his house.

“He was popping out of his home once they opened hearth on him,” Maya mentioned.

Additionally Monday, press teams say a Mexican journalist who criticized native authorities in Veracruz state died, a number of days after he was discovered badly wounded.

José Luis Gamboa was the director of the net information website Inforegio, within the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The press group Reporters With out Borders wrote that “Gamboa had denounced and strongly criticized the relations between native authorities and arranged crime.”

He had reportedly suffered stab wounds in what might have been a theft. He died at a hospital within the state capital on Jan. 10, however his kin weren’t knowledgeable till Jan. 14.

Martínez and Gamboa had been the primary two journalists killed this yr, however 48 journalists have been slain in Mexico since December 2018. Mexico is likely one of the most harmful locations for reporters exterior energetic struggle zones.

In December, a senior authorities human rights official mentioned that 90% of crimes towards activists and journalists go unpunished in Mexico.

Alejandro Encinas, Mexico’s assistant inside secretary accountable for human rights, mentioned that in circumstances the place the culprits have been recognized, virtually half are native officers.

Native officers in Mexico are sometimes angered by corruption accusations towards them, however in some circumstances they’re additionally in league with felony or enterprise pursuits.

Encinas mentioned new legal guidelines are wanted to guard activists and reporters.