Norma Sarabia, a correspondent for Mexican newspaper Tabasco Hoy, was shot to death outside her home on June 11, according to the paper. Sarabia mainly covered crime and violence in the southeastern Mexican town of Huimanguillo.
Reporters Without Borders says that her death follows at least five other killings of journalists in Mexico so far this year. The organization also says that Mexico is currently the most dangerous country for reporters outside of a war zone, and ranks Mexico 144th out of the 180 countries in its 2019 World Press Freedom Index.
“Mexican authorities appear unable to stem the violence that has afflicted the press across the country,” said Mexico representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists Jan-Albert Hootsen. “The administration can no longer delay in putting forward a comprehensive plan for combatting impunity in crimes against journalists.”
Sarabia’s killing comes as the National Press Club, Journalism Institute and other press freedom organizations have been working in the United States against the deportation of journalist Emilio Gutierrez Soto, who fled Mexico in 2008 amid threats from members of the Mexican military. Gutierrez had written stories about military corruption. A U.S. immigration judge in March denied Gutierrez' asylum claim, declaring that Gutierrez could not show that he would be in danger if he went back to Mexico.