By: Agence France-Presse
It could be lethal to ask questions on multibillion-dollar drug cartels or authorities corruption in Mexico, the place greater than 100 journalists have been killed since 2006.
Ninety % of these instances stay unsolved.
At least 10 journalists have been killed right here to this point this yr:
1. Cecilio Pineda, 39
Pineda, the editor of regional newspaper La Voz, was shot by gunmen on March 2 as he relaxed in a hammock close to his home within the southern state of Guerrero.
A criminal offense reporter and correspondent for national newspaper El Universal, he had obtained death threats and escaped an earlier try on his life in 2015.
2. Ricardo Monlui, 57
Monlui, the editor of each day newspaper El Politico, was shot on March 19 as he left a restaurant with his spouse and son within the japanese state of Veracruz.
An skilled on the state’s graft-stained politics, he additionally wrote a syndicated column.
three. Miroslava Breach, 54
Breach, a veteran crime and politics reporter for the newspapers La Jornada and Norte de Juarez, was discovered lifeless inside her automotive with gunshot wounds to the top on March 23 within the northern state of Chihuahua.
One of her final tales was on a warfare between two rival capos within the Juarez drug cartel.
four. Maximino Rodriguez, 71
Rodriguez, a criminal offense reporter with the weblog Colectivo Pericu, was shot as he and his spouse parked their automotive outdoors a retailer on April 14 within the northern state of Baja California Sur.
The authorities arrested 4 suspects and mentioned the motive for the killing was Rodriguez’s journalism.
5. Javier Valdez, 50
Valdez, the founding father of weekly newspaper Riodoce, a longtime AFP contributor and the award-winning writer of a number of books on organized crime, was shot outdoors his paper’s places of work on May 15.
He had not too long ago been reporting on a warfare between rival factions of the Sinaloa cartel since its boss, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was extradited to the United States in January.
6. Jonathan Rodriguez, 26
Rodriguez was shot in his automotive by 5 gunmen on May 15 within the western state of Jalisco. His mom, who was additionally within the automotive, was badly wounded.
Both labored at weekly newspaper El Costeno, the place Rodriguez’s father is editor in chief. Rodriguez was solely an occasional contributor, and it’s unclear whether or not his journalism performed an element in his killing.
7. Salvador Adame, 44
Adame, the proprietor of native TV station Canal 6 within the western state of Michoacan, was kidnapped by gunmen on May 18. Police introduced on June 26 that they had discovered his charred physique dumped along a street.
According to a colleague, he had been investigating alleged hyperlinks between organized crime and native authorities. Prosecutors say he was murdered on the orders of crime boss Feliciano Ledezma Ramirez, generally known as “El Chano Pena.”
eight. Edwin Rivera, 28
Rivera, a Honduran TV information cameraman, had sought asylum in Mexico after an in depth colleague was murdered in Honduras.
He was adopted by gunmen and shot lifeless on July 9 within the japanese state of Veracruz.
9. Luciano Rivera, 33
Rivera was killed at a bar within the resort city of Playas de Rosarito, within the northern state of Baja California, on July 31.
Authorities initially described his death because the product of a barroom brawl. But colleagues later mentioned the lads who killed Rivera arrived on the bar in search of him, and urged authorities to research whether or not he was assassinated for his reporting.
10. Candido Rios, 55
Rios was gunned down Tuesday along with two different individuals outdoors a comfort retailer in Veracruz, some of the violent states for journalists.
The hard-hitting political reporter had been beneath authorities safety, after receiving death threats following a collection of exposes on native authorities corruption within the newspaper Diario de Acayucan. (AFP)