Criminal Journalist in Mexico Shot Dead, Seventh Case!

Jakarta, IDN Times – A criminal journalist named Juan Carlos Muñiz was shot dead by unknown persons on Friday (4/3/2022). The murder of a journalist who works for the online media Testigo Minero is known as the seventh murder case of a media crew this year The Guardian.

At the end of last February, a journalist from Sonoran named Jorge Camero (28) was shot dead by an unknown person suspected of being a member of a criminal organization. This makes Mexico lined up as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

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1. Muñiz was killed while delivering two passengers

The murder of Juan Carlos Muñiz is known to have occurred in the city of Fresnillo, Zacatecas on Friday night. At that time, the journalist who had a side job as a taxi driver was carrying two passengers.

Quoted ReutersThe chronology of the incident began when the 36-year-old journalist was escorting two unidentified people, but he was shot twice in the head. That’s what made the father of four children died instantly in his car.

Based on information from his colleague, Alfredo Valadez, Muñiz also drives a taxi to make ends meet with his family. He is also known as a journalist who often covers crime news for the local media Testigo Minero.

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2. Two suspected perpetrators have been identified, but have not been arrested

Hearing about the Muñiz murder case, the Governor of Zacatecas, David Monreal, also criticized the action via his Twitter account. In fact, he said he had asked the police to investigate this murder case.

“I have asked the local police to investigate and find the perpetrators who must be held responsible in this case as soon as possible,” Monreal said.

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Meanwhile, the assistant to the head of SEDENA (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional), Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, said that his party managed to identify the two suspects in Muñiz’s murder who were known to be passengers of his taxi.

However, SEDENA and the Zacatecas Prosecutor’s Office have yet to arrest the alleged perpetrators who are suspected of being members of a criminal organization, quoted from Daily Mail.

3. Zacatecas has become a battleground between drug cartels

Criminal Journalist in Zacatecas Shot Killed, Mexico's Seventh Case!The body of a murder victim in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico on Saturday (5/2/2022). (twitter.com/EuniceRendon)

The state of Zacatecas is known as one of the most violent areas in Mexico. In January last year, the bodies of eight men and two women were found in an SUV parked in front of the government building.

Meanwhile, Fresnillo, which is the second largest city in Zacatecas, was also threatened with violence and murder. In February last year, 10 bodies were found wrapped in blankets and dumped in the middle of the road.

The high number of homicides in Zacatecas is motivated by the criminal activities of drug smuggling by drug cartels. In addition, Zacatecas’ strategic location made the state a hotbed of war between the Sinaloa Cartel and the CJNG (Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación).

Meanwhile, journalists become easy targets for drug cartels in Mexico to intimidate and manipulate their activities and accuse their rivals. Local politicians and government officials are also victims of murder and more than 90 percent of murder cases go unsolved Associated Press.

Source:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10579803/Mexican-crime-reporter-killed-Zacatecas-adding-chilling-journalist-death-toll.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/mar/04/seventh-journalist-killed-mexico

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/mexican-crime-reporter-killed-zacatecas-adding-chilling-journalist-death-toll-2022-03-05/

https://apnews.com/article/mexico-crime-caribbean-journalists-d7a2fda9530904d2dacc45e421d5544a

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