A journalist was stabbed to death at his house in Guadalupe, a city in the central Mexican state of Zacatecas, a press rights group said.
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Nolberto Herrera Rodriguez was found dead in his home Tuesday with more than 20 stab wounds, a spokesman for Article 19, an international organization defending freedom of expression, told Efe.
Herrera Rodriguez worked as a cameraman, reporter and editor for Zacatecas’s Channel 9 television and other media outlets, as well as in the public sector.
Investigators from the Zacatecas Attorney General’s Office are saying that the journalist’s murder may have been a crime of passion, but other motives must not be ruled out, Channel 9 news director Alfredo Valadez Rodriguez said.
Article 19 called on authorities “to conduct a proper investigation to punish those responsible and break the cycle of impunity which creates a chilling effect on the exercise of journalism.”
“It is necessary that authorities in Zacatecas provide security to journalists in the region and establish a public policy of prevention to ensure the exercise of the right to freedom of expression,” the press rights group said.
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Herrera Rodriguez was “hard working” and “a very active person” who produced a news report and covered cultural and general news, Valadez Rodriguez said.
The Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression released a report in June showing that 102 journalists had been murdered in Mexico since 2000.