In one of the deadliest countries to be a journalist, another reported has been murdered in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, bringing the total number of media workers killed in the country this year alone to at least 11.
Radio journalist Jesus Adrian Rodriguez was shot and killed Saturday morning as he was on his way to work at Antena Radio. Prosecutors are currently investigating whether his work was a motive in his death. Rodriguez uncovered news from government sources and had most recently reported about police-related news, according to local media.
"The journalists in Chihuahua and throughout the country are extremely dismayed by the murder of our comrade, who has been working for many years as a reporter," Angel Zubia, president of the Journalists' Forum of Chihuahua, said in a statement in response to the murder.
Zubia is demanding that Chihuahua state prosecutors conduct an exhaustive investigation and that preventive security measures be provided for Rodriguez’s family and colleagues.
According to a report issued by the freedom of expression organization Article XIX, between January and September of this year, Mexican journalists suffered 10 murders, 44 kidnappings, 50 intimidations, 54 physical or moral attacks and 58 threats.
According to Mexico's National Commission of Human Rights, 219 journalists have been murdered since 2000, while another 20 have disappeared and at least 50 media offices have suffered some type of attack.