Mar 16, 2022 - Economy

Eighth journalist killed in Mexico this year

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A reporter in Mexico was shot and killed Tuesday, the eighth such killing in the country this year.

Why it matters: The string of killings in such a short period is unprecedented, even for Mexico, which has been considered one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.

Details: Armando Linares, a reporter for the Monitor Michoacan website, was shot to death at a home in the town of Zitácuaro., west of Mexico City, AP reports.

  • Another Monitor Michoacán journalist, Roberto Toledo, was shot and killed by three armed men in the same city of Zitácuaro about a month ago.

Between the lines: Mexico's president recently criticized U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's cry for greater protections for Mexican journalists.

  • Around the world, government bodies and press freedom groups have condemned the violence and have called on the Mexican government to address the situation.
  • Reporters Without Borders tweeted Tuesday that it’s "documenting the facts and requests an exemplary investigation" from the attorney general for the Mexican state of Michoacán.

The big picture: The killings underscore the risk journalists take to document the truth around the world.

  • Two Fox News journalists were killed in Ukraine, the network confirmed Tuesday — marking four journalists killed in the conflict so far.
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