Luciano Rivera, is the 10 th journalist on the list of 2017 press victims in Mexico, which is considered one of the deadliest countries in the Western Hemisphere for reporters.
Rivera was murdered in Rosarito, a coastal resort city in Baja California. He was at a bar named “La Antigua de Playas de Rosarito” when a group of people assaulted and shot him directly in the face.
The attackers ran away but they were arrested soon after and the police found the murder weapon in their vehicle.
Bibi Gutierrez, president of the Association of Journalists of Tijuana, expressed her condolences in a message on her Facebook account.
“We demand justice and for the criminality that suffocates Baja California to be stopped. On behalf of the Association of Journalists of Tijuana that I preside, I call on Governor Francisco Vega, Secretary of State Security, Daniel De la Rosa, and the prosecutor, Perla Ibarra, to clarify this cowardly murder and arrest those responsible,” Gutierrez said.
The CNR media channel, where Luciano used to work also posted a message in his memory on Facebook.
“Rest in peace our partner Luciano Rivera, in the name of those at CNR TV, we thank everyone who sent messages, and those who have spoken on the phone to the channel”.
Reporters Without Borders affirmed that in 2016 Mexico had the third-highest rate of journalist killings, the highest outside of a war zone.
Rivera joins a long list of journalists killed in 2017, after media workers Javier Valdez, Cecilio Pineda, Filiberto Alvarez, Ricardo Monlui, Miroslava Breach, Salvador Adame, Maximino Rodríguez and Jonathan Rodríguez were also murdered.
According to Article 19, the press freedom organization, 2016 was the most deadly year for the press in Mexico with 11 journalists murdered and more than 400 attacks on media workers. The organization also found that perpetrators of these crimes get away with the murders 99.7 percent of the time.