Statement by information leaders on the murder of Mexican journalist Armando Linares López

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The following is a statement from Jen JusonPresident of the National Press Club and Gil Kleinpresident of the National Institute of Journalism of the Press Club on the Tuesday murder of Mexican journalist Armando Linares López outside his home in Zitacuaro.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Armando Linares López, who was shot and killed on Tuesday. He ran a news site called Monitor Michoacan. Linares spoke openly about violence against journalists, in particular the murder of his colleague Roberto Toledo in Zitacuaro to January 31. On Tuesday, Linares himself was killed – reportedly shot eight times.

“This is the eighth murder of a Mexican journalist this year. Last year, nine journalists were murdered throughout the year. We call on the government to end its rhetoric against journalists, which could signal that violence will not be pursued with vigor and thus encouraging more violence.”

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