Independent journalist shot to death after reporting on military operation in Mexico

An independent journalist was shot dead in Mexico on Nov. 14, on a highway outside Tehuacán, Puebla, reported Diario Puntual.

Three armed suspects in a truck intercepted and fired on the vehicle driven by reporter Adrián Silva Moreno, correspondent for Diario Puntual and Global México, and his passenger, ex-police officer Misray López González, according to CNN México.

The reporter was in the area covering a military operation on a warehouse storing allegedly stolen fuel, reported the magazine Proceso.

This is the first case of a journalist killed in the state of Puebla. Recently, the organization Article 19 highlighted in its trimester report that attacks on the press in Mexico extended into 22 states between January and September 2012. The report also noted that 42 percent of the attacks posed a threat to the lives of or the finances of journalists.

Mexico is considered the most dangerous country in the Americas for the press, where 71 journalists have been killed since 2000. In the same report, Article 19 said that six journalists have been killed in 2012 and there is strong evidence to suggest their journalistic work motivated the crimes.

Check out this map of attacks on the press in Mexico from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.