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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Fresnillo, Zacatecas: Journalist Killed In Mexico, 7th Slain So Far This Year

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

A journalist has been killed in the north-central Mexican state of Zacatecas, the seventh slain in the country so far this year

A journalist was killed Friday in the Mexican state of Zacatecas, the seventh slain in the country so far this year and the latest to cause indignation not only at home but abroad and even in the U.S. government.

Zacatecas, Gov. David Monreal confirmed the killing of Juan Carlos Muñiz, who covered crime for the online news site Testigo Minero in Fresnillo.

Alfredo Valadez, also a journalist, said Muñiz also drove a taxi in the city to make ends meet.

The Zacatecas state prosecutor’s office said via Twitter it had opened an investigation and would follow protocols for cases that could be crimes against freedom of expression.

Zacatecas is one of Mexico’s most violent states. In January, the bodies of eight men and two women were found crammed into a pickup truck left before dawn near a Christmas tree in the main plaza of the state capital, also named Zacatecas.

The state is the scene of a bloody struggle for control between the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels, along with local allies.

Fresnillo lies about 37 miles (60 kilometers) northwest of the state capital and is the state’s second largest city. It has a long history as a mining center.

One of the websites Muñiz wrote for, the Miners' Witness in English, said in a statement that “the cowardly murder of our friend and companion has caused shock among the majority of the public in Fresnillo and the state, as well as in journalistic circles.”

The site said “this social breakdown has wounded our state and our city, and is out of control.”

Mexico has for years been one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. The pace of killings this year has been shocking and even drew an expression of concern from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken last month.

Journalists are often the targets of Mexico’s drug cartels, which seek to intimidate and manipulate coverage of their activities and their rivals. Local politicians and government officials are also frequently linked to murders, according to the government, which has noted that impunity in those killings runs above 90%.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised there will not be impunity in the killings, while at the same time regularly attacking journalists critical of his administration.

In February, the Inter American Press Association called on the president to “immediately suspend the aggressions and insults, because such attacks from the top of power encourage violence against the press.”

Jorge Camero, the director of an online news site who was until recently a municipal functionary in the northern Mexico state of Sonora, was killed in late February.

In early February, Heber López, director of the online news site Noticias Web, was shot to death in the southern state of Oaxaca.

Roberto Toledo, a camera operator and video editor for the online site Monitor Michoacan, was shot Jan. 31 as he prepared for an interview in the western state of Michoacan.

Reporter Lourdes Maldonado López was found shot to death inside her car in Tijuana on Jan. 23.

Crime photographer Margarito Martínez was gunned down outside his Tijuana home on Jan. 17.

Reporter José Luis Gamboa was killed in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz on Jan. 10.

abc news



  1. I remember ALMO
    Saying to Congress bodyguards will be assigned to journalist. That was more than a year ago, I tell you ALMO nuthuggers, no servi para nada.

    1. Oh yes he built barracks for the Army.

      Obrador nuthugger

    2. It's silly, why should the government provide a security detail for journalists. That would be a major waste of money and resources. Shouldn't it be the publications job to provide security for their employees? After all, these media companies make a lot of money on advertising. Journalists know the risk they run when trying to cover these risky stories.

    3. 2:47 Yes it's silly as you said, it was Almo that brought it to Congress, which you can see it's a 3 ring circus.

    4. With peepol like the monreales running Zacatecas state government, and municipal presidencies, shit should not be so amazingly rare and perfumed.
      Ricky Monrial whose shit does not stink is still running for presidente while trying to save his Veracruz murdering buddy from prison and prosecution, may the stink of BS hang to him and his silk undies forever, pinchi chaquetero.

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    1. They are murdered more than rappers..Juan they need your help,not lip service..These are "your"ppl after all and you do NOTHING but complain about BLM while your ppl kill one another.Dont be a Hypocrite forever.

  3. As if the brutal fratricide of neighbor on neighbor isn't enough, I just saw a few videos of the soccer game violence! Sure shows Mexicans are closer to animals than intelligent humans! Waiting for the low IQ to respond!!!

    1. It seems that the cartels only employ the most stupid of men & boys. What they lack in brains, they make up for in gutless-bravery

    2. Good morning
      Little nutts Flame Thurther!

    3. Animals are awesome so I never understand the references that they are somehow less deserving or on the same level as crap human beings. Low life people are lower than animals. Just my opinion.

    4. P.S. to Big Nut, Kind of a blanket racist remark about Mexicans as well, you think?

    5. LaStraw
      Little Nuts Truther if you have not noticed by now, states the most dumbest racist comments.
      Then again the has a stupid call sign, his balls are really small.

    6. 3:54 don't leave out the fact that fake billionaires lives matter even more than they should, remember they don't pay taxes and still get tax breaks and government funding for their billionaire fundillos and government paid security details

  4. The cheerleading and bloodlust of the fanboys between the Queretaro and Atlas football teams will be hilarious! Luv this board to listen to the low IQ!!! The low IQ responses will be hilarious!

    1. For reals little nut ya dork.

    2. 1st one with a low IQ responded! Next!!! Too funny!!!

    3. Is it true you have little nuts?
      What type of name is truther? Your mom could not think of a name for you? Michoachangos Cjng going down.

    4. 4:42 you have the truths of an evangelical money raising cocksucking preacher, because Cuban pool boys lives matter?

  5. Buen día señor Sol. Espero que esté bien. Shout out to Hearst and company.
    Stay blessed guys.


  6. CDs loves killing journalist and blaming the contras

  7. Welp, this sucks, again. A journalist driving a cab, just to make ends meet, a horrifically violent job in any country. It just sucks, all of it. Carry on...just my usual obvious rant. Poor guy and family. Sad

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