A 29-year-old freelance journalist became the second journalist killed in a week in the Mexican state of Michoacan, bringing the total number of media assassinations to five this year, reports Telesur.
Mexico, already one of the world’s deadliest places for media workers, according to Reporters Without Borders, is also suffering a 9.2 increase in the killings of women since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Advocates have feared the increased confinement of families to their homes would increase violence against women. According to the most recent figures, the number of femicides stood at 489 in the first half of 2020, up from 448 in the same period last year, reports the Associated Press.
The death of freelance journalist Luis Eduardo Ochoa was reported Wednesday by the Michoacan Attorney General’s Office.
The circumstances of his death suggested it was a gang killing.
Ochoa was shot in the jaw, chest, and hand, after being taken to a recreational park. According a friend of the victim, he considered stopping his reporting after receiving several death threats.