CANCUN, Mexico – Mexican journalist Jose Guadalupe Chan Dzib was shot dead Friday night in a bar in the southeastern town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, the state of Quintana Roo’s Attorney General’s Office said on Saturday in a statement.
The A.G.’s Office said that it had launched an investigation into the murder to find those responsible and to determine if the murder was linked to Chan Dzib’s activities as a journalist, although it provided no further details as the investigation is ongoing.
Chan Dzib was a well-known journalist in southeastern Mexico who had worked in several newspapers and was working as a crime reporter for Playa News, an online newspaper based in the resort town of Playa del Carmen.
The Quintana Roo State Commission on Human Right issued a statement condemning the murder and sending condolences to the journalist’s family members.
The Commission said that it had contacted news media representatives to pass the case on to Mexico’s national protection agency for journalists and human rights activists.
The Commission added that it had received four complaints against public officials regarding attacks against journalists, mainly in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
The government of the state of Quintana Roo, for its part, deplored the murder, while reiterating its commitment to protecting free speech and addressing violence to “recover our lost tranquility.”
Since the start of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration in 2012, at least 44 Mexican journalists have been murdered.