Mexican journalist Edgar Leyva in hiding after shooting attempt

  • Source: CPJ
  • February 18, 2021

"On Feb. 3, in Ocotlán, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, two unidentified men in a car pulled up to a plot of land where [Edgar Leyva Mendoza], his sister, and his aunt were working, and asked for the journalist; when his aunt and sister approached the vehicle, the men opened fire, according to Leyva, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview, and news reports.

The journalist’s sister, Rosa Isela Leyva, and his aunt, Bernarda Ramírez, were killed in the attack, but he escaped unharmed, Leyva said. Leyva told CPJ he believed the men were trying to kill him; he said he did not know whether he was targeted for his journalism or due to a dispute over some land in the area."

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