10 November 2010
IFJ Mourns Latest Journalist Killed on Duty in Mexico
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today said the death of journalist
Carlos Alberto Guajardo Romero is a terrible reminder of the heavy price media
are paying for covering the ruthless war between the Mexican government and groups
involved in organised crime.
"Danger is never far away for our Mexican colleagues who operate in one of the most hostile environment for media," said Gregorio Salazar, Director of IFJ Latin America Office. "The need for better protection and a safer practice of journalism has never been greater in Mexico."
According to reports, crime reporter Guajardo was wounded in crossfire on Friday 5 November while covering clashes between forces of the Mexican navy and suspected criminals in the border city of Matamoros, in the state of Tamaulipas. The reporter was on board a truck which was hit by at least 20 bullets. Sounds of grenades and multiple bursts of gunfire were heard at the scene, reports say.
The killing of Guajardo who was working for the local daily El Expreso brought the number of journalists and media workers
killed in Mexico so far this year because of their work to twelve. Thirty have died
this year in Latin America.
The IFJ reports on journalists and media workers killed in the line of duty have ranked Mexico among the most dangerous countries for journalists in three years in a row. A joint United Nations and the Organization of American States report also called Mexico the most dangerous country for journalists in the region.
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The IFJ represents more than 600.000 members in 125 countries