Gunmen Kill News Photographer in Mexico

A 21-year-old newspaper photographer was killed and a second photographer was seriously injured when unidentified gunmen attacked them in a parking lot yesterday afternoon in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The victims, both staff photographers for Diaro de Juarez, were on their way to lunch when the gunmen approached their car and opened fire, according to AP and other media. The slain photographer was Luis Carlos Santiago. His colleague Carlos Sanchez was seriously injured.

The attack occurred a week after the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a report called “Silence or Death in Mexico’s Press.” CPJ asserts that drug lords, violent criminals and corrupt officials have “destroyed Mexicans’ right to freedom of expression” by killing, terrorizing and co-opting journalists.

According to the report, 22 journalists have been murdered since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon took office and declared war on drug trafficking. CPJ says eight of the slain journalists were killed “in direct reprisal for reporting on crime and corruption.”

A BBC report says that the editor of Diario de Juarez did not know why the photographers were targeted in yesterday’s attack.

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