Dangerous year for journalism in Mexico as another journalist shot dead

Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, who face threats from both authorities and organized crime. (AFP)

A journalist was shot dead Saturday in Mexico's northern city of Chihuahua, and prosecutors said the reporter's job was a possible motive behind the crime.

Jesus Adrian Rodriguez was attacked by strangers while getting into his vehicle to go to his workplace, Grupo Radio Divertida, the Forum of Journalists of Chihuahua said.

"The journalists in Chihuahua and throughout the country are extremely dismayed by the murder of their colleague, who has been working for many years as a reporter," the forum's president Angel Zubia said in a statement, demanding that the Chihuahua state prosecutor launch an investigation.

The prosecutor for Chihuahua's central zone, Carlos Mario Jimenez, told journalists that "threads of the investigation" could indicate that Rodriguez's reporting led his assailants to target him.

Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, who face threats from both authorities and organized crime.

The Inter American Press Association has registered 11 murders of Mexican journalists so far this year.

According to the National Human Rights Commission, 118 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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