Journalist murdered in Mexico, sixth this year: governor | Mexico

Arturo Alba Medina, a 49-year-old journalist and presenter of the television news program, was murdered in Chihuahua state a few minutes after his program ended.

A Mexican journalist was shot dead in crime-ridden Ciudad Juarez near the U.S. border, Chihuahua state governor Javier Corral said Friday.

Arturo Alba Medina is the sixth journalist to be murdered this year in Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for reporters.

Corral condemned the “cowardly murder” and said he had urged prosecutors to see that the killers are punished.

“Justice is done,” he wrote on Twitter.

The 49-year-old journalist and presenter of a television news program was murdered a few minutes after his program ended on Thursday evening, according to the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

RSF regularly counts Mexico as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the news media, alongside war-torn Syria and Afghanistan as well as the Philippines.

More than 100 reporters and other media workers have been murdered in Mexico since 2000, where questions about political corruption or powerful drug cartels can be deadly.

Only a fraction of these crimes have resulted in convictions.

Another journalist was killed along with a police officer in Guerrero state in early August.

In May, armed men killed the owner of a newspaper and one of the police officers hired to protect him in the northern state of Sonora after previous threats.

The murders in Mexico have risen sharply in the past two years, underscoring the challenges President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has faced since taking office in December 2018 with pledges to reduce violence in the country ravaged by notorious drug cartels.

Most of the deaths were related to drug gang fighting.

Obrador is committed to “looking after and protecting” journalists.

During the tenure of his predecessor, Enrique Pena Nieto, at least 42 journalists were killed, according to an NGO, while about 2,000 attacks on reporters took place.

In 2019, 10 journalists were killed in Mexico, according to an RSF census.