Officials announced on Monday that a Mexican photojournalist was killed after being shot in the head outside his home in the northern border city of Tijuana.
The news: Margarito Martinez, 49, worked for many national and international news organisations in Tijuana for more than a decade, reporting the gang crime and violence that has ravaged the city, which is located on the U.S.-Mexico border opposite San Diego.
- Martinez’s body was discovered outside his home with a head injury caused by a handgun, according to the Attorney General’s office in Tijuana’s home state of Baja California, who reacted to a 911 call around midday.
- Martinez was reportedly included in a state programme intended at protecting journalists’ lives, according to a colleague journalist from Baja California.
- Due to turf fights between drug gangs over trafficking routes, Tijuana has become one of Mexico’s most violent cities.
- Martinez’s assassination was condemned by the Human Rights Commission of Baja California, which stated that “any attack on journalists constitutes an attack on freedom of speech and the right of society to be informed.”
- Martinez is the second journalist to be assassinated in Mexico this year, following Jose Gamboa’s death in the southern state of Veracruz last week.
Between 2000 and 2021, the human rights organisation Article 19 recorded 145 murders of journalists in Mexico, with seven deaths last year.