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Photographer Jean Paul Ibarra Ramírez murdered, reporter Yenni Yuliana Marchán Arroyo seriously injured in Guerrero

(CEPET/IFEX) - At approximately 10:00 p.m. (local time) on 13 February 2009, photojournalist Jean Paul Ibarra Ramírez, of the "El Correo" newspaper, was shot to death in Iguala, Guerrero, southeastern Mexico. Reporter Yenni Yuliana Marchán Arroyo, of the "Diario 21" newspaper, who was accompanying Ibarra Ramírez, was seriously injured.

The two reporters were attacked while they were riding a motorcycle on their way to cover an automobile accident. Their assailants pulled up alongside their motorcycle and shot at them from a short distance with a .45 calibre pistol. Ibarra Ramírez and Marchán Arroyo fell to the pavement, at which point one of the assailants got down from their vehicle and shot Ibarra Ramírez a final time.

CEPET condemns this crime and urges the authorities to investigate it fully in order to bring those responsible to justice. The organisation also calls on the authorities to investigate any links there may be between the attack and Ibarra Ramírez's and Marchán Arroyo's journalistic work.

In addition, CEPET expresses its solidarity with the reporters' families and reiterates that impunity in cases of crimes against journalists and media outlets leads to more aggressive actions.

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