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Five journalists and media workers killed in two weeks

A Mexican radio journalist was abducted and found dead in a car last week, and in another part of the country, a former cameraman was shot dead as he sat in his car waiting for his girlfriend, report the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET), the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The murders come after three journalists were killed in two other states within the same two weeks. As the violence escalates, journalists live in constant fear of being kidnapped, tortured and murdered.

Marco Aurelio Martínez Tijerina was kidnapped on 9 July in Montemorelos, Nuevo León by gunmen in three vehicles. Police found his body the next day with signs of torture and one bullet wound in the head.

Martínez Tijerina was the presenter for a radio show at XEDD Radio La Tremenda, and formerly a news director for XERN Radio Naranjera 950 AM and correspondent for TV Azteca, Grupo Multimedios and W Radio. He covered various local beats, including local politics, but avoided crime reporting, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

On 10 July, Guillermo Alcaraz Trejo, a former camera operator and current employee of the Chihuahua State Commission for Human Rights, was killed in the city of Chihuahua. He had just visited former colleagues at the offices of "Omnia" magazine, and was outside the building when several people in a moving vehicle riddled his car with bullets. Alcaraz Trejo edited the video section of the human rights commission website.

Both murders bore the hallmarks of organised crime killings, says RSF, noting, "The violence is encouraged by the fact that those who kill journalists are almost never punished."

And in a separate incident in Monterrey, Nuevo León, a grenade was thrown at the offices of the AW Noticias radio station, owned by Grupo Multimedios on 9 July, reports CEPET. The grenade broke the glass of the main entrance but did not explode. Staff were evacuated from the offices and the Mexican army arrived and cordoned off the area. The Los Zetas criminal group is thought to be responsible for many attacks in Monterrey.

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