15 December 2016 – Mexican authorities must investigate the fatal shooting of journalist Jesús Adrián Rodríguez Samaniego from Chihuahua State on 10 December 2016 as a matter of urgency and bring all those responsible to justice, PEN International and PEN Mexico said today.
According to news reports, Rodriguez was in his car outside his Chihuahua City home when he was shot multiple times and killed on Saturday morning. Rodriguez worked for Antena Radio in Chihuahua City and had worked in print, radio and online journalism for more than 15 years.
‘Rodriguez joins a tragic list of journalists who have been murdered in Mexico – crimes that have been unsolved and unpunished. We call on Mexican authorities to exhaust every channel of investigation and ensure that the motive behind his killing is found and all perpetrators brought to justice,’ said Jennifer Clement, President of PEN International.
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a journalist. Since 2004, at least 79 print journalists, writers and bloggers have been murdered in connection with their work; the fate of at least 11 others who have disappeared is unknown. Such attacks are rarely investigated thoroughly; fewer than 10% of attacks against journalists and writers result in convictions.
Rodriguez was killed just weeks after threats were made against staff of the weekly magazine Zeta in Baja California state. The magazine was put under police protection after authorities uncovered a plot by a drug cartel to attack its offices.