Four journalists were targeted in a shooting incident in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state in Mexico. Of the victims, three sustained injuries and are receiving medical attention. The Peace Construction Coordination Board reported that one of the injured has minor injuries, but no details were provided on the condition of the other two. The State Attorney General's Office has initiated an investigation for attempted homicide and a search operation has been deployed with the participation of the Army, the National Guard, and the state and municipal police forces to apprehend those responsible for the attack.
Details of the Attack
The journalists attacked have been identified as Víctor Mateo, Jesús Nava, Óscar Guerrero, and Héctor Camacho. The attack took place around midday on November 28, following the journalists' coverage of a homicide in the Las Palmas neighborhood. The reporters were traveling in a black Volkswagen Jetta when they were shot at by two men on a motorcycle. The vehicle was in the vicinity of the 35th military zone in the capital when the incident occurred.
Upon their arrival at the hospital, Randy Suástegui Cebrero, the spokesperson for the State Peace Construction Coordination Board, informed that a search operation for the attackers had been deployed. The State Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation file for attempted homicide and is working diligently to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Violence Against Journalists in Mexico
This incident adds to the growing concern over violence against journalists in Mexico. According to figures from Article 19, an organization dedicated to defending and promoting freedom of expression and information, 163 journalists have been killed in the country from 2000 to date. This alarming statistic underscores the high risks faced by journalists in Mexico, making it one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalism. Civil organizations have issued warnings about this situation, urging for more protection and safety measures for journalists in the country.