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Online journalist shot in Mexican border town

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - Jaime Guadalupe González Domínguez, reporter and editor of the website Ojinaga noticias, was killed on 3 March 2013 at approximately 6:30 p.m., in the city of Ojinaga in the northern part of Chihuahua state.

According to official reports, the journalist, 38, was stopped by an armed group and shot at 18 times with 5.27mmm calibre guns, which are capable of getting through bullet-proof vests. After the shooting, González Domínguez's camera was stolen by his attackers.

Ojinaga noticias is a new online media outlet that covers a diverse range of news topics. The last post, which was about the murder of González Domínguez, could possibly be the site's final post. The website was reported as being suspended shortly after the last story was posted.

The office of the Chihuahua Attorney General undertook initial investigations before the Ojinaga Investigations Unit took over. The investigation should take into account the facts that González Domínguez ran an online media outlet and that his camera was taken.

ARTICLE 19 condemns this latest murder, which brings the total of journalists killed in Chihuahua since 2000 to 10. The organisation also calls on the state authorities to identify and punish those responsible, so that the frightening cycle of impunity can be broken.

ARTICLE 19 believes it is necessary that authorities provide security to journalists in the region and establish a public prevention policy that will guarantee the safe exercise of free expression.


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