Crime reporter gunned down in Mexico

November 13, 2008 12:37 PM ET

We issued the following statement in response to the murder of Mexican reporter Armando Rodríguez, who covered crime for the Ciudad Juárez-based daily El Diario in the state of Chihuahua. Rodriquez was shot to death this morning by an unidentified gunman, according to local press reports...

"We mourn the death of veteran crime reporter Armando Rodríguez and present our deepest condolences to friends and family," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's senior program coordinator for the Americas. "The unprecedented wave of violence against the Mexican press must be halted immediately. We urge state and federal authorities to promptly investigate Rodríguez's slaying and bring those responsible to justice. Mexico needs to break the cycle of impunity in crimes against journalists."


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