Press release

Director-General condemns killing of journalist Ernesto Méndez in Mexico

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, has called for an investigation into the killing of journalist Ernesto Méndez in the Mexican state of Guanajuato on 2 August.
I condemn the attack that claimed the life of Ernesto Méndez, In the interest of press freedom and rule of law, I urge the authorities to investigate this crime and bring those responsible to justice.
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

Méndez, who directed and wrote for online platform Tu Voz, was killed when an armed group opened fire in a public location. The journalist had also been a contributor to the Zona Franca news website and the El Correo newspaper. This is the 12th journalist killing in Mexico condemned by the Director-General of UNESCO so far in 2022.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and by coordinating the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.


See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists

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