Cameraman injured while covering car bomb attack in northern Mexico

By Ingrid Bachmann

Ciudad Juárez is considered one of the most violent cities in the world but last week the city experienced, for the first time in history, a car bomb successfully attacking federal agents. Camerman Luis Hernández Núñez, from the television channel Telecinco, was injured as he recorded the moment of the explosion, reported El Universal.

Hernández survived the attack, which killed four people. Despite his injury, he continued filming and recorded what Milenio called “an invaluable journalistic document” (YouTube video). Telecinco's editorial policy dictates that photographers only go to places protected by police, but in this case Hernández just happened upon the news.

According to Veracruzanos.info, the cameraman was hospitalized and in stable condition. In an interview with CEPET/IFEX, Hernández said he had to have shrapnel removed from his foot, stomach and chest.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.