Feb 1, 2022 - World

Fourth journalist killed in Mexico this year

 A journalist takes a photo during a protest to ask for justice for journalists and photojournalists murdered in Mexico on January 25, 2022 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

A Jan. 25 protest demanding justice for journalists and photojournalists murdered in Mexico in Guadalajara. Photo: Leonardo Alvarez Hernandez/Getty Images

An online news outlet in Mexico announced Monday its reporter had been fatally shot — the fourth journalist to have been killed in Mexico this month, per AP.

Why it matters: Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, according to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Nine journalists were killed in the country last year, more than any other country globally.

Details: Monitor Michoacán journalist Roberto Toledo was shot by three armed men in the city of Zitácuaro outside a law firm and he died of his wounds in the hospital, AP reports.

  • His killing came eight days after the murder of Lourdes Maldonado triggered massive protests by journalists around Mexico and outrage across the world, Reuters notes.

The big picture: The Committee to Protect Journalists notes there's been a sharp uptick in journalist killings in Mexico over the past few years.

  • Fifteen journalists are currently missing in the country, according to the independent nonprofit.
  • Since 1992, 60 journalists have been killed in Mexico.

What to watch: The killings have increased calls for greater press protections in Mexico.

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