Two Mexican Journalists Killed in Just a Week

A Mexican photojournalist was shot dead outside his home in the northern city of Tijuana on Monday, the same day press groups said a reporter had been killed in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz last week.

The two journalists were said to have chronicled their country’s slide into drug-and-corruption-fuelled violence.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t do anything for him,” Elena Martínez, wife of photojournalist Margarito Martínez Esquivel, told the San Diego Union-Tribune, one of the numerous international outlets the journalist had worked with, including the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

Martínez’s death came a week after another journalist, José Luis Gamboa, was fatally stabbed in Veracruz, one of Mexico’s most violent regions.

Last year Gamboa lamented how parts of the government, instead of fighting drug trafficking, had been sucked into “a great criminal association” with the cartels. 

“The Mexican population still hasn’t grasped how serious this is,” Gamboa said.

“It’s shocking to have this happen so early in the year and to have one murder happen so shortly after the other,” Mexico representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists Jan-Albert Hootsen said. 

Meanwhile, the Tijuana-based press collective Yo Sí Soy Periodista (Yes, I’m a journalist) demanded a swift investigation into the killing of Martínez.

The group said Martínez was the 29th Mexican journalist to be killed since Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, took power in December 2018.

Last year, nine journalists were murdered.

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