Eighth Journalist Killed in Mexico in 2022

A journalist in Mexico was shot to death on March 15, bringing the toll of such killings to eight this year.

Armando Linares, the director of the western Mexican news website Monitor Michoacan website, was killed in the afternoon outside his home in the city of Zitácuro, the Michoacan State Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

“Words cannot describe the shock at Armando Linares’ brutal killing, which continues Mexico’s staggering record of journalist slayings in 2022,”  Jan-Albert Hootsen, the Mexico representative of New York-based nonprofit organization Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), said.

“In light of the alarming frequency with which journalists are being killed, Mexican authorities have no choice but to acknowledge the rampant cycle of impunity and violence that fuels these attacks,” Hootsen further said.

Reporters Without Borders said that it was “documenting the facts and requests an exemplary investigation” from the Michoacan State Attorney General’s Office.

Linares’ death came six weeks after three armed men killed his colleague Roberto Toledo in the same city.

According to CPJ, nine journalists were killed in Mexico in 2021, making the country one of the most dangerous places in the world for members of the press.

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