The International Federation of Journalists
(IFJ) today said impunity which is fueling violence against journalists has
reached intolerable levels in Mexico
after two more journalists were murdered in a single day last week, bringing to
12 the number of media targeted killings in 2010.
According to reports, Marco Aurelio Martinez,
45, director of news programme "Informativo 800" of Radio La Tremenda of Montemorelos, municiple
of Nuevo Leon,
was abducted by unidentified men and his body found on Saturday 10 July abandoned
on a local track. He had been shot in the head.
The same day, Guillermo Trejo Alcaraz, 24, was
murdered in the state of Chihuahua
by a group of hit men. Alcazar who used to work as a graphic reporter was the
director of the Web Television of the State Commission of Human Rights.
"We demand a prompt and effective
action, in order to end the killings of journalists in Mexico," said
Celso Schroeder, President of the Federation of Journalists of Latin America
and the Caribbean (FEPALC), the regional branch of IFJ: "This mindless violence
is a scandal which must be stopped as soon as possible".
The IFJ supports the FEPALC call for Government's
action and says the journalists' community is desperate to see firm action by the
authorities to end the terror of gangsters who have claimed twelve lives of its
members in this year alone.
The other Mexican journalists killed since the
start of the year were Jorge Ochoa, Valentín Valdes Espinoza, José Luis Romero,
Jorge Rabago, Evaristo Solís, Enrique Villicaña Palomares and María Isabella
Cordero, Juan Francisco Rodriguez Ríos and his wife María Elvira Hernandez
Galeana, also a communicator, and Hugo Olivera.
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The IFJ represents some 600.000 journalists in 125 countries