Mexico: 34 journalists murdered since AMLO became president

Fredid Román was shot on Monday outside his home.

Fredid Román was about to get into his vehicle when he was shot by two men on a motorcycle. This makes for 34 communication professionals who have been murdered during Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration. 15 have been killed so far this year.

In his latest article, posted on Facebook and entitled "State Crime without blaming the boss,” Román denounced the authorities' decision to exonerate former President Enrique Peña Nieto and his Defense Minister, Salvador Cienfuegos, for the Ayotzinapa massacre (2014), in which 47 students were killed.

State Crime

The article discusses how the latest revelations in the case would turn it into a state crime, and Roman wondered:

If it was a State Crime, why did President López Obrador exonerate former President Peña Nieto this Monday morning? He also revealed that the Prosecutor's Office is not considering any arrest warrant against Peña Nieto or General Salvador Cienfuegos; political and military chiefs of Murillo Karam and the 20 military commanders and troops, respectively.

Román was director of the now defunct newspaper La Realidad, as well as a columnist for various media outlets. His son was murdered in July and he has since been conducting an investigation to determine the perpetrator and motives.

The Attorney General's Office of Guerrero reported that they are conducting an investigation to clarify the murder of Fredid Román; it is believed that it could be related, precisely, to his son’s death.

According to a report by the organization Article 19, attacks on the press are registered every fourteen hours in Mexico, and since 2000, more than 150 journalists have been murdered.