Journalist murdered in central Mexico

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.

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.

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.

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