November 19, 2008

Violence Claims Mexican Journalist

Armando Rodriguez, a veteran Mexican crime reporter, was recently shot to death outside his home in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, according to news site Frontera NorteSur.

Rodriguez, a reporter for the newspaper El Diario, covered crime for more than a decade in Juarez, and was one of the first to report on the infamous rapes and murders of scores of women in Juarez.

Police say they have no motive or suspects yet, but Rodriguez had received at least one threat and, according to the article, “his killing occurred exactly one week after a severed human head was discovered at a monument to journalists in Ciudad Juarez.”

Mexico has become increasingly dangerous for journalists, who are being targeted by drug gangs to reveal sources and as revenge for incriminating stories.

Rodriguez is the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico this year.

–Julia Hengst/Newsdesk.org

Source:

“Juarez Reporter Murdered, Attacks on Journalists Intensify”
Frontera NorteSur, November 14, 2008

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