Another journalist shot dead in Mexico

Police officers guard the perimeter of a scene where Heber López, an independent journalist who ran the NoticiasWeb portal, was shot dead in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca state, Mexico. February 10, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO FILES

MEXICO CITY, Feb 10 (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist died on Thursday after being shot at in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca, in the latest chapter in a wave of attacks against members of the press in the country.

The reasons for the attack against Heber López – who directed the NoticiasWeb portal – in the Salina Cruz port were not immediately clear, but authorities said that two people had been captured for the events.

“We already have two detainees, the weapons with which they committed the crime are also secured,” said the Oaxaca prosecutor, Arturo Peimbert, in an interview with the Milenio Televisión channel. “We do not rule out any line of investigation that could lead us to the masterminds.”

López regularly wrote about politics and corruption in local government, Rodolfo Canseco, a friend of the journalist and director of the RCP Noticias portal, told Reuters.

His crime is the latest in a series of killings of media workers in the country that have intensified in recent weeks, prompting US lawmakers on Tuesday to call on the Mexican government to increase its efforts to protect journalists.

According to the guild protection organization, Article 19, since 2000 more than 145 journalists have been killed in the Latin American country, making it one of the most dangerous in the world to practice the profession.

(Reporting by Noé Torres)

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