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‘Reporting On Crime and Drug Gangs’: Mexican Journalist Santiago Barroso Gunned Down

Barroso was shot multiple times after an unknown assailant knocked on his front door

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LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Report)– A Mexican journalist was shot and killed at home by an unknown assailant at point-blank range near the US border, authorities has said.

Santiago Barroso, 47, often covered crime and drug gangs in northern Sonora state. 

He was shot multiple times after an unknown assailant knocked on his front door on Friday, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Saturday. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

Barroso worked as a multimedia journalist in the border town of San Luis Rio Colorado, about 32 km southwest of Yuma, Arizona on the US side.

He was a host of a local radio show, director of the news website Red 563 and a contributor to weekly newspaper Contrasena.

“With great regret and impotence, we inform that the journalist Santiago Barroso, 47 years old, was murdered in San Luis Rio Colorado, in Sonora Mexico,” Red 563 tweeted on Friday.

“Tonight, colleagues wait outside the hospital where he passed away .. after [an] armed man knocked on the door of his house and shot him [dead].”

While it was unclear if his killing was linked to his work, Barroso’s death marks the fourth journalist killed so far this year in Mexico.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has vowed to put an end to the murders, and insecurity that is plaguing the country – but it is proving difficult.

“The population of the country is in a state of defencelessness,” he recently said.

“This partially explains, although it doesn’t justify, why [we have] only managed to contain the crime, but not significantly decrease it as we wish.”

Alfonso Durazo, Mexico’s security minister, pledged federal government assistance in the investigation into Barroso’s killing in a post on Twitter.

According to Reporters Without Border, Mexico is the second most dangerous country for journalists in the world after Syria as more than 100 journalists were killed since 2000.

As many 47 journalists have been killed in the last six years during the presidency of Enrique Pena Nieto, according to free-speech advocacy group Article 19.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES