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PAN-AM HIGHWAY

ANo nuevo sangriento: 2002 was just 18 days old when it recorded the first murder of the year of a Latin American journalist. FElix Fernandez Garcia, editor of the weekly Nueva Opcion, died in a hail of bullets fired from a car by two individuals, only yards from the Miguel AlEman City Hall in the Mexico border state of Tamaulipas. The Center for Border Studies and Promotion of Human Rights in Mexico reported Nueva Opcion had recently published articles linking the city's mayor with drug traffickers. ... Just five days later in Cali, Colombia, photographer Marco Antonio Ayala was shot to death in classic sicario style by two individuals on a passing motorcycle as he walked from the office of the daily El Caleno. The Bogota daily El Tiempo quoted an unnamed colleague as saying Ayala had said "things were getting hot" in his new beat covering legal affairs. ... Ironically, the same day, Jan. 23, Colombian authorities held the first public hearing for two men accused of murdering photographer Alberto Sanchez Tovar and TV cameraman Luis Alberto Rincon in November 1999. …

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