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The Article 19 NGO has documented 140 assassinations of journalists in this Latin American country since 2000.
On Monday, Mexican journalist Abraham Mendoza was shot dead as he walked out of a gym in Morelia city, in Michoacan State. He was a presenter on EXA Morelia radio station and collaborated with the Artists Rights Foundation.
A group of armed men opened fire on him in the facility parking lot and drove away through Madero Poniente Avenue. In the attack, an ice-paddle salesman was also shot but not murdered.
Michoacan State Prosecutor’s Office already arrested three suspects on the La Huerta road, less than three kilometers from the crime scene. The detainees, who held firearms, are currently at the Intentional Homicide Specialized Investigation Unit.
“We deeply regret the loss of Abraham Mendoza. His murder will not go unpunished,” the Presidency’s Communication Director Jesus Ramirez stated and sent his condolences to the journalist’s family and friends.
So far this year, Mendoza is the fifth journalist to be killed and the latest victim of violence in Michoacan State, where organized crime has left 140 people dead from January to May 2021 alone.
The Article 19 NGO has documented 140 assassinations of journalists in this Latin American country since 2000. Forty-seven of these murders were recorded during the Enrique Peña Nieto administration (2012-2018) and 20 of them in the current term of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO).
Before Mendoza, the journalist Saul Tijerina was killed on June 22 in Acuña city, in Coahuila State. The 25-year-old reporter worked at the Voice of Coahuila and the Web News digital media.