MEXICO CITY Press teams known as for justice Monday after unidentified gunmen killed a journalist in southern Mexico together with a police officer assigned to guard him after a 2016 assault.
Pablo Morrugares was the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico this yr, in assaults that are more and more killing police guards assigned to the victims. More than 140 journalists have been killed over the previous 20 years.
- The prosecutors workplace in Guerrero state stated Morrugares and a state police officer had been at a restaurant after they had been killed in a hail of bullets Sunday. Authorities discovered 55 shell casings from assault rifles on the scene within the metropolis of Iguala. The killers apparently opened fire from a passing car.
Morrugares was director of the P.M Noticias Guerrero website online, which incessantly stories on the gang violence that plagues the area. Local media reported that threats towards Morrugares had been displayed up to now on banners hung by roadsides, a tactic incessantly utilized by drug gangs in Mexico.
On Monday, the Inter American Press Association known as on authorities to analyze the crime. It stated Morrugares and his spouse had survived a earlier assault in 2016, when attackers opened fire on their automobile. The group known as on Mexican authorities to supply higher funding and safety for journalists registered in a govt safety program.
While the Mexican govt has typically assigned police bodyguards for threatened journalists, killers have more and more been murdering each the journalists and their guards.
In May, gunmen killed the proprietor of a newspaper and one of many policemen who had been assigned to guard him in northern Sonora state, following earlier threats.
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