Reporter shot dead in Mexico – 12th journalist killed this year

A Mexican reporter was shot dead on Wednesday in the violent northeastern state of Tamaulipas. This is the 12th journalist killed in a particularly bloody year for the country’s press.
Antonio de la Cruz, who worked for the newspaper Expreso, often denounced alleged acts of corruption by politicians in his social media posts.
His wife and daughter were injured in an attack that occurred as the reporter was leaving his home in Ciudad Victoria.
“We must not allow new attacks on journalists and activists. These crimes will not go unpunished,” Jesús Ramirez, spokesman for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, tweeted.

Expresso demanded “justice from authorities at all levels”.

In 2018, another of the newspaper’s journalists, Hector González, was beaten to death.
This year has already been one of the deadliest for the Mexican press, prompting calls to end the culture of impunity.

“The existing impunity for killing journalists has become an effective weapon for the perpetrators,” said Jorge Canahuati, president of the Inter-American Press Association.


Doctors fought to save the life of Mr. De la Cruz’s daughter, state governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca said, calling on prosecutors to ensure that “this cowardly crime does not go unpunished.”
Mr. De la Cruz, who has been a journalist for 15 years, was also a spokesman for the political party Movimiento Ciudadano.
Gustavo Cárdenas, a state MP for the party, described Mr. De la Cruz as “a family man, a good man” who sought to expose alleged corruption by local authorities.

“The main suspects are in the state government … I have not the slightest doubt that these people have a significant responsibility,” he said.


The media rights group Reporters Without Borders called on authorities to conduct an “immediate investigation” into the killing and find out if it was related to Mr. De la Cruz’s journalistic activities.
The Tamaulipas prosecutor’s office confirmed the murder and said it was investigating the case under reports of crimes against freedom of speech.
Since 2000, more than 150 journalists have been killed in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media, and only a handful of crimes have resulted in convictions.

The United States and the European Parliament have called on Mexico to provide adequate protection to journalists following the recent series of killings.


López Obrador promised “zero impunity” for crimes.
Prior to the murder of Mr. De la Cruz, the government believed that nine of this year’s victims were killed because of their work in the media.
It was reported that 26 murder suspects were detained, nine of whom were formally charged.
According to rights groups, Tamaulipas is one of the Mexican states hardest hit by violence involving drug cartels that have repeatedly tried to silence the press with attacks.

In 2012, a car bomb exploded in front of the Expreso office, but no one was hurt. In 2018, a human head was left outside his office.