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Mexico records first journalistic murder of 2018 with slaying of respected reporter Jose Gerardo Martinez

January 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexico records first journalistic murder of 2018 with slaying of respected reporter Jose Gerardo Martinez

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Merely days into the new year, an apparent robbery resulted in the first murder of  Jose Gerardo Martinez, a respected Mexican journalist, and editor for one of the country’s largest newspapers while buying toys for a holiday party.

Martinez was buying toys for his family in Mexico City for the Three Wise Men celebration when he was robbed at gunpoint and killed. In central Mexico, families receive more presents during the Three Wise Men celebration on January 6th than on Christmas Day.

Jose Gerardo Martinez was an editor for El Universal wire service.

According to the news outlet, investigators don’t believe the murder was linked to his journalistic background but instead a crime of opportunity.

José Gerardo Martínez Arriaga, a journalist for El Universal, was killed during an assault in Mexico City.

The most recent slaying occurred days after the International Press Institute labeled Mexico as the most dangerous country in the world for journalists.

The IPI reported that Mexico saw 13 murdered reporters for the year.

However, that number varies between press freedom organizations and their definition of journalists. Some agencies reported only 12 while others recorded 14. Some press groups do not account for online reporters or citizen journalists.

On the day that IPI released their report in December, a group of gunmen raided a school in Veracruz to murder former reporter Gumaro Perez Aguilando as he attended his son’s Christmas pageant.

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