Telésforo Santiago Enríquez was shot yesterday as he was driving his car in San Agustín Loxicha. The local authorities said he was ambushed. He was the fourth journalist to be gunned down in Mexico this year.
Enríquez taught indigenous languages and was an indigenous rights activist. He was also the founder of El Cafetal, a community radio on which he often criticized the local authorities. RSF has been told that he received death threats in February.
“We call on the authorities to conduct an exhaustive and transparent investigation into Telésforo Santiago Enríquez’s death,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “This latest murder is yet another reminder of how dangerous journalism is in Mexico.”
Mexico is ranked 144th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.