The 15th media worker to die nationwide this year was shot dead in southern Mexico on Monday. He was a journalist and host of an online local new To display. Fredid Román was shot dead in Chilpancingo, the state capital, according to prosecutors in the state of Guerrero, in the south of the country.
The majority of Román’s show, “The Reality of Guerrero,” was devoted to state politics. He also published a column.
Drug cartels, armed vigilantes, and other organizations often engage in combat in Guerrero state.
Mexico, which is currently considered the most dangerous country for journalists outside of a war zone, had one of the deadliest years for journalists in 2022.
The shooting death of Román, who was allegedly shot inside his car and had previously published a newspaper under the same name, was not immediately followed by others information parquet.
On August 22, 2022, in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico, police wearing forensic suits examine the area surrounding the car where writer Fredid Roman was shot and killed. The scene takes place in front of the newspaper La Realidad. via Getty Images, JESUS GUERRERO/AFP
Just a week before the murder, freelance journalist Juan Arjón López was discovered dead in the northern border state of Sonora. Authorities said a blow to the head caused his death. Across the border from Yuma, Arizona, in San Luis Rio Colorado, his corpse was discovered.
Drug cartel violence has recently affected this region. In a section of the desert next to a landfill in San Luis, amateur researchers discovered 11 dead in secret burial trenches in March.
A journalist was one of four people killed at a beer store in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato in early August.
Authorities said it was unclear whether the journalist’s work, his role as a representative of neighborhood businesses in preparation for an upcoming fair, or another factor prompted the attack.
While small town authorities or politicians with political or criminal agendas are often suspected in journalist deaths, organized crime is also frequently implicated. Inside Mexico, journalists working for tiny news agencies are easy prey.
After the assassination of Arjón López, Jan-Albert Hootsen, the representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists in Mexico, wrote that “although some arrests have taken place in previous cases of journalist assassinations this year, a Persistent climate of impunity continues to fuel these attacks.” despite the fact that some arrests have taken place.