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|Two Journalists Killed in Mexico, Reporters Without Borders Says|
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July 13, 2010
Mexico City - Two reporters were killed this weekend in "continuing media bloodshed" in Mexico, the non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders said Monday.
|Although Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights had counted six journalists killed in the country this year through last week, Reporters Without Borders said that total is now 10 or 11.|
The latest victims were Marco Aurelio Martinez Tijerina, 45, and Guillermo Alcaraz Trejo, 24, who were slain Saturday in separate incidents.
"Both murders bore the hallmarks of organized crime killings and come at time of mounting violence affecting both journalists and the general population," Reporters Without Borders said in a statement posted on its website.
Martinez Tijerina produced the news programme Informativo 800, broadcast on XEDD Radio La Tremenda in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. He was found with one shot to the head and apparent signs of torture, 24 hours after being kidnapped on the street by gunmen.
Alcaraz Trejo, a former cameraman, now directed the video division of the website of the Chihuahua State Commission of Human Rights.
He "was gunned down by masked gunmen in Chihuahua, the capital of Chihuahua state, as he left the newspaper OMNIA, where he had gone to greet former colleagues," Reporters Without Borders said.
"Investigators found more than 40 bullet impacts from an AK-47 assault rifle," the NGO said.
Although Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights had counted six journalists killed in the country this year through last week, Reporters Without Borders said that total is now 10 or 11.
"Five of them were killed in the space of two weeks. As the violence continues to mount in Mexico, journalists now live in constant fear of being kidnapped, tortured and murdered," the group said.
"The violence is encouraged by the fact that those who kill journalists are almost never punished."
According to Reporters Without Borders, 67 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, while 11 others have gone missing since 2003. This makes Mexico the deadliest country in the Americas for media and "one of the most dangerous in the world."