Mexican journalist Arturo Alba Medina was found shot to death in Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua state) on Thursday, October 29. The exact details surrounding the incident remain unclear; however, his body was found inside his vehicle shortly after the end of his news program. The identity of those responsible has not yet been confirmed.
Further violent attacks are likely in Chihuahua state over the near term.
Medina was the host of Telediario on Multimedios Televisión and also served as a spokesperson for the Technical Institute of Ciudad Juarez. Medina has been the sixth journalist killed in Ciudad Juarez since 2000. Roughly half of all murders of journalists worldwide occurred in Mexico, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Those engaged in journalistic activities in Mexico are advised to maintain a heightened sense of caution and situational awareness at all times, and report any suspicious items or activity to authorities immediately.
Due to extreme levels of violence linked to the presence of various armed groups, some Western governments advise against travel to various parts of Mexico: notably, the states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Colima, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas, as well as the northeastern border with the US.
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