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Journalists for Mexico’s Zeta newspaper cover the dramatic increase in violence in the country

Baja California state police stand guard outside the offices of Tijuana’s Zeta newspaper, a weekly i

Baja California state police stand guard outside the offices of Tijuana’s Zeta newspaper, a weekly investigative publication. Zeta has received recent threats from Mexican drug trafficking cartels for their reporting on crime. There has been a recent increase in homicides in Tijuana because of cartels fighting over the local drug market. 

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

Photographer Magarito Martinez, 44, a freelancer who frequently contributes to Zeta, at the scene of a recent drug cartel homicide in the lower-income Tijuana neighborhood of Camino Verde. A man was found killed with a hand-written note that said, “The new ones don’t pardon.” It was was signed “Tijuana New Generation Cartel.”

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

The Mexican Army leaves the scene of a drug cartel homicide in Tijuana in April.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

Crime scene investigators look over the body of a man found killed in a lower-income neighborhood of Tijuana.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

Jose Feliz, 70, reads Zeta at his El Chino newstand in Tijuana. To protect reporters, hard-hitting stories are often published under the byline “Zeta investigations,” rather than the writer’s name.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Cartel violence in Tijuana

Celia Cardenas Ortiz, left, shown with a family member, washes blood from the steps in front of their Tijuana home, where her husband was shot and killed in broad daylight on April 12. 

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Isai Lara Bermudez, an investigative reporter for Zeta, covers a homicide in the El Refugio housing

Isai Lara Bermudez, an investigative reporter for Zeta, covers a homicide in the El Refugio housing development in Tijuana. Lara has been threatened because of stories he wrote.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

Adela Navarro Bello, general director of Zeta, in her Tijuana office. Zeta is one of Mexico’s most respected newspapers — and one of the country’s most frequently targeted publications.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

A flier offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of drug cartel members hangs in Adela Navarro Bello’s office.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
People hold photos of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach, gunned down in March 2017 in the northern

People hold photos of Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach, gunned down while driving her child in the northern state of Chihuahua. In March, four journalists were killed and three others shot and wounded in Mexico. Breach’s death prompted the publisher of El Norte, the Juarez newspaper where she worked, to close.

 (Eduardo Verdugo / Associated Press)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

A member of the Early Warning for Journalists National Collective places crosses in front of the attorney general building in Mexico City. Mexico ranks third in the world for the number of journalists killed, after Syria and Afghanistan, according to media rights group Reporters Without Borders.

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Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

A vendor walks in the red light district of La Zona Centro, in Tijuana, where drug cartel-related deaths have been rising. 

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

The scene where an off-duty police officer was ambushed and shot at outside his home in Tijuana. The officer shot back at his attackers and was not injured. 

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

The scene of a homicide in the El Refugio housing development in Tijuana. A male was shot in front of his home in broad daylight. There has been a recent increase in homicides in Tijuana due to the drug trafficking cartels fighting over the local drug market.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

A parked Tijuana Police car was set on fire outside of the La Presa Police Station along Presa Hermosillo Street in the Presa Abelardo L. Rodriguez neighborhood in Tijuana.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

Contributing to Semanario Zeta, a weekly investigative publication, freelance photographer Magarito Martinez videos a Tijuana Police car that was set on fire outside of the La Presa Police Station in Tijuana.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

Colonia Camino Verde where a recent drug cartel homicide took place in Tijuana. There has been a recent increase in homicides in Tijuana due to the drug trafficking cartels fighting over the local drug market.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

A Tijuana Police officer looks for two suspects carrying weapons who were reported near the scene where an off duty Tijuana Police officer was ambushed and shots were fired at him outside of his home in the Colinas De La Presa housing development in Tijuana.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

Contributing to Semanario Zeta, a weekly investigative publication, freelance photographer Magarito Martinez leaves the scene of an accident where a car plunged into the Abelardo L. Rodríguez Dam in Tijuana.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

Contributing to Semanario Zeta, a weekly investigative publication, freelance photographer Magarito Martinez leaves the scene of an accident where a car plunged into the Abelardo L. Rodríguez Dam in the La Presa neighborhood in Tijuana.

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Journalists at Zeta cover cartel violence in Tijuana

The line of cars leaving Tijuana heading north at the San Ysidro border crossing. There has been 417 executions in Tijuana from Jan. 1 to April 20, 2017 according to Semanario Zeta, a weekly publication covering crime and corruption. T

 (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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