VERACRUZ, Mexico – A journalist was shot and wounded early Wednesday in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz and is listed in very serious condition at a hospital, police said.
Armando Arrieta Granados is the fourth journalist attacked in Mexico this month.
The other three – Cecilio Pineda, Ricardo Monlui and Miroslava Breach – were all killed.
Pineda was killed in the southern state of Guerrero, Monlui was murdered in Veracruz and Breach was killed in the northern state of Chihuahua.
The 51-year-old Arrieta Granados, who works for the daily La Opinion de Poza Rica and is a professor at Universidad Veracruzana, was attacked when he arrived home, police said.
The journalist was shot several times in the neck and chest shortly after wrapping up production of the Wednesday edition of La Opinion, the newspaper with the largest circulation in northern Veracruz.
Red Cross paramedics administered first aid to Arrieta Granados and transported him to a Mexican Social Security Institute clinic.
The Veracruz Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that it was investigating the attack on the journalist.
Poza Rica, an oil rich region, has been plagued by a wave of drug-related violence in recent years.
La Opinion de Poza Rica general editor and owner Raul Gibb Guerrero was murdered in April 2005 and the case has never been solved.
Eleven journalists were murdered and 426 attacks on the media were registered in Mexico in 2016, making the country one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, the press rights group Articulo 19 said in a recent report.