Ninth Journalist Killed in Mexico for 2022

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders said another journalist was found dead on Thursday in northern Mexico, bringing the total number of media practitioners killed in the country this year to nine. 

Ramirez Ramos, whose body was found wrapped in plastic on a dirt road in the capital of Sinaloa state on Thursday, was the founding director of the Fuentes Fidedignas, which often reported on local political disputes.  

“It was definitely a murder,” Reporters Without Border representative Balbina Flores said, Al Jazeera reported.

According to reports, journalists who publish stories on drug cartels and their connections to local politicians and police are “often targeted in provincial Mexico.”

“I don’t write about narcos, I speak neither good nor ill of the narcos. Humberto Millan didn’t either, and that was not enough to keep him alive and working,” Ramirez Ramos said in a 2015 interview with MVS radio after the killing of reporter Humberto Millan. 

On Thursday, Article 19, a media freedom group called on authorities to ensure “a prompt, impartial and diligent investigation” into the death of Ramirez Ramos. 

Earlier, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised a “zero impunity” program to investigate the killings of media workers.

However, rights groups have repeatedly accused the state and federal governments of not doing enough to investigate the killings.

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