A journalist was killed on Friday afternoon when he was leaving his house in the municipality of Yajalón, in the Chiapas jungle. Two men shot at the reporter, wounding him in the abdomen, so he was taken to a local hospital, where he finally died, reported friends and colleagues of Gomez. The assailants fled the scene without being arrested. Gómez is the ninth journalist killed in Mexico so far this year, according to data released by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
The Heraldo de Chiapas, the media where worked, condemned the murder of his collaborator and demanded that the authorities clarify the facts. “Given this situation, we are asking for a thorough investigation to find those responsible for this,” he said in an editorial note posted on his website.
Isaín Mandujano, a friend of Gómez and a journalist in Chiapas, said that his colleague had already filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office for death threats against him. The State Prosecutor’s Office has pronounced shortly after the facts were made public in the press. In his Twitter account, he has condemned the murder and said that “there will be punishment for those responsible.”
Just the past August 29 was found the body of Javier Rodríguez Valladares, cameraman of Channel 10 of Cancun. He was shot to death. The Office of the Attorney General of Quintana Roo had initially ruled out that his death was “a direct attack on freedom of expression” because, according to them, he was out of his work schedule and was not wearing a uniform.
Mexico has been considered one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism at the same level as Syria, according to a report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) , which numbers 21 disappeared journalists. The investigations carried out by Article 19, with offices in Mexico, have detailed that 96% of the disappearances have been identified as an antecedent of the information coverage related to corruption and security issues.
Briana Smith n has lived in San Diego her whole life. Briana has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The San Diego Union-Tribune. As a journalist for Herald Keepers, Briana covers national and international developments.