A Mexican television journalist was shot dead in the border city of Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso, Texas, prosecutors said.
Chihuahua state prosecutors said journalist Arturo Alba Medina was found shot dead in a street late Thursday. They said at least two of the attackers were involved in the attack and pledged to bring the killers to justice.
“The obligation of the state government and the orders issued by the governor is to use all available resources to resolve this situation,” State Attorney General Cesar Beinisch Espel said.
Prosecutors said Alba Medina worked as a TV presenter and as a spokesperson for a local college, the Technological Institute of Ciudad Juarez. Local media said he hosted the Telediario news program on Multimedios Televisión, and had spoken about crime and violence.
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the “brutal killing” and called on the authorities to conduct a “prompt and transparent investigation” into the killing.
At least seven journalists have been killed in Mexico so far this year; The Committee to Protect Journalists said four, perhaps five, were killed because of their work.
Violence has particularly afflicted the Chihuahua. La Verdad de Juárez reports that over the past 20 years, six journalists in Ciudad Juárez and a total of 23 were killed statewide during that period. Relatively few of these crimes were punished. The convicts were largely accused of the offense and not the masterminds of the murders.
In a report released this week, the Committee to Protect Journalists wrote that “some recent convictions in the cases of journalists killed in Mexico may give the impression that the country is making significant progress in combating impunity.”
According to the report, “While the Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the convictions as an important step, prospects for breaking the cycle of impunity and violence in Mexico have diminished under President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.”
She said that the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, which was created a decade ago to investigate crimes against journalists, “has moved away, under Lopez Obrador, from proactively prosecuting murder cases,” and federal prosecutors have not taken a single case of a journalist killed since Lopez Obrador took office in December 2018.