Mexican prosecutors confirmed on Wednesday the shooting of reporter Maynor Ramón Ramírez and a companion in Michoacán state, marking the fifth journalist attack in the country within one day. The incident occurred on Tuesday in the city of Apatzingan and was reported by the newspaper ABC of Michoacán. On the same day, four news photographers were shot in Guerrero state.
The photographers in Guerrero were attacked near a military barracks after covering a homicide in Chilpancingo, a city plagued by frequent violence. The shooting of these media workers in a single day is one of the most significant mass attacks on reporters in Mexico in the past decade.
Details regarding the condition of the journalists, all of whom are associated with local newspapers or news sites, were not immediately available.
These shootings follow closely after an incident in Guerrero state where three journalists were abducted and held for several days in Taxco. They were later released, but the motive behind their abduction remains unclear.
Guerrero and Michoacan states are both notorious for violent conflicts between numerous drug gangs and cartels, including the Jalisco cartel and various local groups. These states have witnessed frequent turf battles, contributing to a hazardous environment for journalists.
The recent shootings are part of a disturbing trend of violence against journalists in Mexico. This series of attacks is among the most significant since 2012, when three news photographers were found murdered in Veracruz, a crime attributed to the Zetas drug cartel.
Additionally, earlier this month, a photographer was found shot to death in his car in Ciudad Juarez, representing the fifth journalist killing in Mexico in 2023.
Over the past five years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has documented at least 54 journalist killings in Mexico, highlighting the increasing dangers faced by media professionals in the country.