MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican photojournalist died after being shot in the pinnacle outside his home in the northern border city of Tijuana, officers mentioned on Monday.
Margarito Martinez, 49, labored for greater than a decade in Tijuana for a number of nationwide and worldwide information shops masking the gang crime and violence that has scarred the city, which sits on U.S.-Mexico border reverse San Diego.
The Attorney General’s workplace in the Tijuana’s home state of Baja California mentioned officers who responded to a 911 name round noon discovered Martinez’s physique outside his home with a head harm attributable to firearm.
A fellow journalist from Baja California mentioned Martinez had been included in a state program aimed toward safeguarding the lives of journalists.
“He lately entered the safety program as a result of he obtained threats,” mentioned the reporter, who requested anonymity.
Tijuana has grow to be one of Mexico’s most violent cities attributable to conflicts amongst drug gangs caught in turf wars over trafficking routes.
Baja California’s Human Rights Commission condemned Martinez’s killing, saying “any assault on journalists constitutes an assault on freedom of expression and the fitting of society to be told.”
Martinez was the second journalist to be killed this 12 months in Mexico, after the dying of Jose Gamboa final week in the southeastern state of Veracruz.
From 2000 to 2021, human rights group Article 19 has registered 145 murders of journalists in Mexico, with seven deaths recorded final 12 months.
(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz, Editing by Daina Beth Solomon and David Gregorio)