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Journalist murdered in Ciudad Juárez

Journalist Arturo Alba Medina, host of a news program, was shot to death in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, the State Attorney General’s Office reported.

According to the investigations, the murder of the journalist Arturo Alba Medina occurred on the night of Thursday, October 29, in the Hidalgo neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez.

“Elements of the Specialized Crime Investigation Unit are working in coordination with the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Human Rights through the Unit for the Protection of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders to clarify this fact,” explained the state prosecutor César Augusto Peniche.

In addition, he indicated that Governor Javier Corral gave the instruction to put all the resources available to the State Prosecutor’s Office to resolve this case, “so no line of investigation will be ruled out” and all the clues and hypotheses surrounding the case.

On Thursday night a call was received to the emergency numbers indicating the homicide by firearm impacts of a man in the middle of the street.

“Upon arrival, the police officers identified the person as Arturo Alba Medina, who worked as a host for a television channel and was a spokesperson for the Technological Institute in Ciudad Juárez,” the statement said.

Several percussion shells were found at the crime scene.

At least two people participated in this “cowardly” attack, the Chihuahua prosecutor said.

According to local and collective media, the murder occurred minutes after the journalist left the television network after presenting the evening’s newscast.

“Arturo Alba Medina, 49, was shot to death on Thursday night, a few minutes after finishing his informative program,” reported the Mexican association Displaced and Attacked Journalists on Twitter.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for the exercise of journalism in the world.

In the absence of knowing the motive for this latest crime, since 2000 to date, the NGO Article 19 has documented 135 murders of journalists in Mexico, possibly related to their work.

Of the total, 124 are men and 11 are women.