The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today deplored the recent murder of reporter Alberto López Bello and called for a full investigation into the assassination.
“I condemn the murder of Alberto López Bello,” the Director-General said. “This killing must be investigated thoroughly as part of the endeavour to stem violence against the media in Mexico. I trust that no effort will be spared to improve the safety of journalists seeking to carry out their professional obligation to keep the public informed.”
Alberto López Bello, 28, was found dead on 17 July in Trinidad de Viguera, in the state of Oaxaca. López Bello, a crime reporter for El Imparcial newspaper had recently published stories about drug dealing in Oaxaca. He is reported to have received threats in connection with his work.
This killing brings to three the number of journalists murdered in Mexico this year. They are remembered in the dedicated webpage, UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists.
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