Two journalists killed in Mexico, three dead this year

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Prosecutors in southern Mexico said journalist Gustavo Sánchez Cabrera was shot dead on Thursday, and another journalist was killed just west of Mexico City, bringing the number killed so far this year to three. the country. Two other reporters have disappeared.

The prosecutor’s office in the southern state of Oaxaca said Sánchez Cabrera was riding a motorbike with another person on a rural road when gunmen opened fire on them.

There was no immediate information about the other person’s condition. The attack took place in the Isthmus region of Oaxaca.

Local media and press groups said Sánchez Cabrera complained about receiving threats and attacks in recent months.

Reporters Without Borders demanded “a thorough investigation into the threats and attacks he had previously reported in connection with his work as a journalist.”

Also on Thursday, the Mexico State prosecutor’s office, which borders Mexico City, said Enrique Garcia was killed Wednesday evening in Metepec township, west of the capital.

Garcia was working as a reporter, but the night he was killed it looked like he was working as a driver for a rideshare app.

The office said he may have been killed in a robbery.

At least two journalists have gone missing this year in the violence-ravaged border state of Sonora, and in May online journalist Benjamín Morales Hernández was kidnapped and killed in Sonora.

Morales Hernández ran a community news site called Noticias Xonoidag. His family said he was abducted and his bullet-riddled body was later found on a highway.

News groups say nine journalists were killed in Mexico last year, the highest total of any non-warring country.

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