16 journalists have been killed in Mexico so far in 2022

Editor’s note: This list includes all journalists murdered in Mexico, even those whose cases are not being investigated in connection with their work as journalists.

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So far in 2022, 16 journalists have been murdered in Mexico possibly related to their work.

The most recent case is that of Fredid Román Román, founder and director of the newspaper La Realidad in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. According to the Guerrero State Attorney General’s Office, he was shot to death as he was walking from his office to his car on Monday afternoon.

While the families of the victims, Mexican journalists and journalistic organizations continue to seek justice in each of these cases, the Mexican government believes that only 13 of them were motivated by their work as journalists.

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The Mexican The government excluded the cases of journalists Roberto Toledo, who was murdered in Zitacuaro, Michoacan, on January 31, Jorge “El Choche” Camero, who was killed in Empalme, Sonora, on February 24, and Allan González, who was killed in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, on August 11.

Many journalists under threat have sought refuge elsewhere, even in Phoenix. In June, Juan de Dios García Davish and María de Jesús Peters, a married couple of journalists from the southern state of Chiapas, were granted visas to enter the US and avoid being added to the list of murdered colleagues in Mexico. They have since settled in Arizona and are seeking intervention from the Biden administration.

Independent groups such as Article 19 and the Committee to Protect Journalists have recorded at least 154 murders of journalists in Mexico since 2000, not including four recent deaths.

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Here are updates on the investigation into each journalist’s death:

Jose Luis Gamboa

He was found stabbed to death in the port of Veracruz, Veracruz, on January 10. Gamboa was the founder and editor of the news website Inforegio and was one of the founders and editors of the digital outlet La Noticia, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

As of August 30, at least one suspect has been arrested.

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Margarito Martinez

Relatives and friends of photojournalist Margarito Martínez mourn him during his burial at Santa Gema Cemetery in Tijuana, Baja California on January 21, 2022.

Relatives and friends of photojournalist Margarito Martínez mourn him during his burial at Santa Gema Cemetery in Tijuana, Baja California on January 21, 2022.

He was killed by a bullet to the head outside his home in Tijuana, Baja California, on January 17. Martinez worked as a freelance photojournalist for local media such as Zeta Tijuana, La Jornada de Baja California and Cadena Noticias, according to CPJ.

As of August 30, 10 people have been arrested, three of whom were already suspected of orchestrating and carrying out the murder

Lourdes Maldonado

She was murdered outside her home in Tijuana, Baja California on January 23rd. Maldonado covered politics and corruption for various local media and had started a podcast called Brebaje, according to CPJ.

Days before her death, she publicly announced that after nine years she had won a case against the former governor of Baja California, Jaime Bonilla. After Maldonado’s death, the governor defended himself and said he was willing to cooperate with authorities. So far it is unknown if there is a line of inquiry against him or if he has been called to testify about her murder.

As of August 30, three people have been arrested and are believed to be responsible for the journalist’s execution.

Roberto Toledo

He was shot just outside the building that houses the newsroom he worked for in Zitacuaro, Michoacan, on January 31. Toledo was a writer and video editor at the Monitor Michoacán news website – the same outlet where Linares worked.

His murder was ruled out by the Mexican government as a motive for his journalistic work. According to reports from the Michoacán prosecutor’s office, Toledo worked at a law firm and not as a journalist. Linares denied that report and publicly stated that Toledo was a regular contributor to the news outlet.

As of August 30, no arrests have been made in his case.

Heber Fernando López

He was shot to death while entering his home in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, on February 10. Lopez founded the news websites NoticiasWeb and RCP Noticias, according to CPJ.

As of August 30, two suspects have been arrested in connection with his murder.

Jorge ‘El Choche’ Camero

He was shot to death while inside a gym in Empalme, Sonora, on February 24. Camero was the editorial director of the news site El Informativo.

As in the Toledo murder case, the Sonora prosecutor’s office does not believe Camero was killed because he was working as a journalist.

As of August 30, no arrests have been made in his case.

Juan Carlos Muniz

He was killed while driving a taxi, as he also worked as a driver in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, on March 4. Muñiz was a reporter for Testigo Miner, a local digital newspaper.

As of August 23, a suspect has been arrested.

Armando Linares López

He was shot by gunmen who entered his home in Zittacuaro, Michoacán on March 15. Linares was the director of the news site Monitor Michoacán.

Weeks before his murder, Linares had shared several videos on social media denouncing the killing of his Toledo colleague and the lack of protection afforded to journalists by the Mexican government.

As of August 30, no arrests have been made, but prosecutors have identified the suspected killers through video footage of the incident.

Luis Enrique Ramirez Ramos

He was beaten to death in Culiacán, Sinaloa, on May 5. His body was found on a dirt road wrapped in black plastic. Ramírez Ramos was a political columnist for the newspaper El Debate and director of the online news site Fuentes Fidegnas. He had more than 40 years of experience in some of the most important news media in the country, such as El Financiero and La Jornada.

As of August 30, at least one person has been detained on suspicion of knowing those responsible.

Yesenia Mollinedo and Sheila Johana Garcia

Mollinedo and García were shot to death on May 9 outside a store in the municipality of Cosoleacaque, Veracruz. Mollinedo was the news director of the El Veraz portal, while García worked as a reporter and cameraman for the same television network.

As of August 30, at least two suspects have been arrested.

Antonio de la Cruz

De la Cruz and his 23-year-old daughter, Cynthia de la Cruz, were shot on their way home in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas on June 29. Antonio de la Cruz was pronounced dead that day. His daughter was hospitalized and died days later. De la Cruz was a 15-year-old journalist at the news website Expreso-La Razón.

As of August 30, no arrests have been made.

Ernesto Mendes

Méndez was shot and killed on August 2 inside his family’s bar in San Luis de La Paz, Guanajuato. He was the director of the news site Tu Voz.

As of August 30, no arrests have been made.

Allan González

González was shot to death on August 11 in the border city of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, during a series of attacks against civilians in several cities. González was a radio host on Mega Switch radio station.

He was broadcasting live when he was attacked and killed. Similar to the cases of Toledo and Camaro, the Mexican government has ruled out his case as a motive for his journalistic work.

As of August 30, no arrests have been made.

Juan Arjón López

Arjón López’s body was found on August 16 along a highway near the municipality of San Luis Río Colorado, in the northern border state of Sonora. Ajrón López was director of the news site “A qué le temes” (what are you afraid of?).

The Sonora State Attorney General’s Office has not released further information about the case, but said his body showed signs of blunt force trauma.

As of August 30, no arrests have been made.

Freddie Roman Roman

Román Román was shot to death on August 22 as he was walking from his office to his car in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. He was the founder and editor of the newspaper La Realidad.

As of August 30, no arrests have been made.

Diana García is La Voz’s Mexico City correspondent. Follow her on Twitter @dianagaav.

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This article originally appeared in the Arizona Republic: Who are the journalists killed in Mexico in 2022?

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