MEXICO CITY – A journalist was gunned down last week in Tlaquiltenango, a city in the central Mexican state of Morelos, state officials said.
Filiberto Alvarez Landeros was murdered on April 29 as he was heading home after wrapping up his radio show.
Alvarez, who hosted the “Poemas y Cantares” show on the La Señal de Jojutla radio station, was shot three times and died while being transported to a hospital.
Morelos Attorney General’s Office crime scene investigators found several 9-mm bullet casings in the journalist’s vehicle, media reports said, citing officials.
The initial investigation “allowed us to determine that the aggression was not related to the victim’s professional activities,” the AG’s office said in a statement.
The Morelos state government said it was committed to freedom of expression, adding that during the more than four years of the current state administration, “no aggressions against members of the media have been registered.”
Alvarez’s murder brings the total number of journalists killed in Mexico since 2000 to 125, with four being murdered since March alone.
In March, Cecilio Pineda was murdered in the southern state of Guerrero; Ricardo Monlui was killed in the northwestern state of Sinaloa; Miroslava Breach was killed in the northern state of Chihuahua; and Maximo Rodriguez was killed in the northwestern state of Baja California Sur.
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 report released earlier this year.