Journalist Roberto Toledo was murdered in Zitácuaro, Michoacán

MEX3739. MONTERREY (MEXICO), 01/25/2022.- A group of photographers and media reporters from northeastern Mexico protest at the Freedom of Expression monument to reject violence against their colleagues and the profession of reporting, today, in Monterrey (Mexico). Thousands of journalists from all the states of the country demonstrated this Tuesday to demand justice for the recent murders of informants and the end of the violence against the union in one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice the profession. EFE / Miguel Sierra

On the afternoon of January 31, it was announced that the journalist Roberto Toledo, a member of the news media team Monitor Michoacan, He was assassinated in Zitácuaro, Michoacán. The information was released by Armando Linares López, director of the information site, who reported that, for a few months, members of the team had received death threats.

“Today one of our team members was murdered. A few minutes ago they attempted against his life, he lost his life. So things with Monitor Michoacan, exhibiting corruption of politicians and officials today led to the death of one of our colleagues “, lamented Linares López.

According to the statements of Armando Linares, Roberto Toledo was approached by three people who shot him “ruin and coward.” In addition, he stated that “there are names”, for which he reiterated his remarks towards some people and politicians, as well as “some others” who could be implicated after the investigation process.

“One of our comrades lost his life at the hands of three people who came and shot him in a mean and cowardly manner; we are not armed and we do not carry weapons, our only defense is a pen, a pencil and a notebook. There are names and we know where all this comes from,” he said.

Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, spokesman for Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) indicated that the Government of Mexico condemns the murder of journalist Roberto Toledo and through his official Twitter account assured that they will work in coordination with the “state and municipal government to clarify the case; we will not allow impunity”, this with the aim of defending freedom of expression and the right to information.

In the first month of 2022, four journalists have been murdered in Mexico. On January 10, José Luis Gamboa Arenas was stabbed during an alleged assault carried out in Veracruz. In addition, in the city of Tijuana, the photojournalist Margarito Esquivel and Lourdes Maldonado were killed, who was in a legal dispute over “labor issues” with the former governor of Baja California, Jaime Bonilla.

According to data from the Ministry of the Interior (Segob), until October 2021 there was a record of 47 murders of journalists since the beginning of AMLO’s administration. However, of this figure judgment has only been handed down in five cases, that is, 9% of the victims have “received justice”. Meanwhile, seven are still in court (9%); 33 in the investigation phase (74%), and two have not exercised criminal action (4%).

It should be noted that the aggressors are mainly linked to municipal public servants (43%), followed by organized crime (33.5%). Meanwhile, the most predominant patterns of aggression are threats, physical aggression and robbery.

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