Fourth journalist murdered in Mexico so far this year

Mexican lawyer and journalist Roberto Toledo, a member of the Monitor de Michoacán team, was shot dead on Monday by three people who attacked him outside his office in the municipality of Zitácuaro, Michoacán state.

“The Monitor Michoacán team received death threats today. Those threats were finally carried out,” the information portal’s director, Armando Linares, said of a video on his Facebook page detailing his death.

According to preliminary data collected by the Mexican press, Toledo was gunned down at the age of 55 in the garage of his office by three gunmen who shot him and fled.

Fourth journalist murdered in Mexico so far this year
Fourth journalist murdered in Mexico so far this year

“They shot him meanly and cowardly,” his boss complained in a broken voice, affected by the loss of his partner. In his opinion, the “corruptions and (the) corrupt governments of officials and politicians” led to the death of one of his companions.

“We are not armed. We’re not bringing guns. Our only defense is a pen, a notebook,” Linares warned.

At 1 p.m. (local time), the journalist died in a hospital in Zitácuaro as a result of gunshot wounds, as reported by “Diario de Coahuila”.

It is the fourth journalist to be murdered in Mexico in 2022, an act of violence that comes amid a climate of outrage unleashed among Mexican journalists following the murder of reporter Lourdes Maldonado outside her Tijuana home last week.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported that between 1992 and 2021, 138 journalists were killed in Mexico, the world’s deadliest country for the press.

Michoacán prosecutors have launched an investigation to solve the crime and the government has condemned Toledo’s murder.

“The Mexican government condemns the murder of journalist Roberto Toledo of Portal Monitor Michoacán. We will work with state and local government to resolve the case; we will not allow impunity. Let’s defend freedom of expression and the right to information,” he said. Assured the spokesman for the presidency, Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, on his Twitter profile.

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