Mexican photojournalist Daniel Martinez Bazaldua, 22, “hacked up” left in pile on street

April 25, 2013

That’s one way of putting a damper on negative coverage. It’s also the same cartels increasingly operating on this side of the border. It’s only a matter of time, folks.

Photographer Daniel Martinez Bazaldua, 22, had recently been hired to cover social events for Vanguardia, the paper said in a story in its online edition. Officials identified the other man as Julian Zamora, 23.

Saltillo is in northern Coahuila state, an area where the Zetas drug cartel is active. Another Coahuila newspaper recently announced it would no longer publish stories about drug gangs, after receiving threats apparently signed by a Zetas leader.

State prosecutors said the bodies were found Wednesday in a jumbled pile of severed parts on a street, next to a hand-lettered message that appeared to indicate the Zetas were responsible for the killings.

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