Gunmen kill journalist in northern Mexico

Mexico City, Mar 4 (EFE).- The editor of an online news site in northern Mexico was murdered over the weekend, the Ojinaga Noticias digital daily reported Monday.

Jaime Guadalupe Gonzalez was killed Sunday afternoon by gunmen in Ojinaga, a border city in the northern state of Chihuahua.

The 38-year-old Gonzalez was hit by "18 gunshots" around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in downtown Ojinaga, the news site said.

"The assailants took the camera being carried by Gonzalez, who was with his wife at the time of the attack, but she was not hurt," Ojinaga Noticias said.

Ojinaga Noticias said it regretted this "attack on journalism," adding that the story "may very possibly be the last news reported by this media outlet."

Gonzalez is the first journalist murdered since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office last December.

A total of 14 journalists were murdered during the 2006-2012 administration of President Felipe Calderon, the Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, said.

A total of 82 journalists have been murdered and 18 others have been reported missing since 2005 in Mexico, the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said in a report released in December.

Some 658 complaints were received from members of the news media from Jan. 1, 2005, to Nov. 30, 2012, the rights body said.

An International Press Institute, or IPI, and World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, delegation visited Mexico last month and called for more protection for journalists.

Journalists in Mexico "feel defenseless in the face of threats from all kinds of actors," WAN-IFRA representative Rodrigo Bonilla told Efe.

Both the IPI and Reporters Without Borders, or RSF, ranked Mexico as the fourth most dangerous country in the world for journalists in 2012, trailing only Syria, Somalia and Pakistan.

Unidentified individuals attacked the offices of the El Siglo newspaper in Torreon, a city in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, three times last week, killing one person and wounding two others.