Journalist is shot dead in the Mexican state of Chiapas

Police tape at crime scene. Illustrative image.

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This Thursday Mexican journalist Freddy López Arévalo was shot dead outside his home in the state of Chiapas, in southeastern Mexico, according to local authorities.

Through a statement, the authorities announced that the editor of the magazine Jovel was attacked in the municipality of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, in the Altos area, Mexico.

They explained that López was attacked with a firearm shot by an antisocial, upon reaching his domicile in the company of your family in the Las Rosas neighborhood of the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez (Chiapas) after a family celebration. He died at the scene.

The State Attorney General’s Office reported through a statement that they began the search for those responsible and the investigations to clarify the journalist’s crime.

“The Office of the Attorney General of the State regrets this reprehensible fact and reaffirms its commitment to continue with the investigations until the facts are clarified, to guarantee the rule of law and reiterates that no criminal conduct will go unpunished,” the statement said.

For his part, the president of the Chiapas State Commission for Human Rights, Juan José Zepeda Bermúdez acknowledged that “even in some sectors of Chiapas society there are still attacks and impediments to journalists for the free exercise of their profession.”

Said the murder of journalist López Arévalo shows the serious problems experienced by journalism professionals and the limitations on freedom of expression in the country.

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