by Andrew Goodell
On the evening October 29 around 10 p.m., Chihuahuan journalist and news anchor Arturo Alba Medina was gunned down and killed while driving his car in the Hidalgo neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez. Moments after leaving work in his Texas-plated red Dodge, unidentified assailants attacked him in his car, leaving him with multiple bullet wounds. He is survived by a wife and two children.
Mr. Alba Medina had finished his evening broadcast for the news program Telediario for Channel 6 Multimedios. He had just finished reporting on insecurity and corruption within the ranks of the local police. His report had detailed the cases of the alleged murder of a minor, Jennifer Amador Moreno, by agents of the State Security Commission, and confrontations between state agents and purported members of the La Línea group.
According to Wikipedia’s page tabulating journalists and media workers killed in Mexico, Alba Medina becomes the eighth journalist killed this year after the death on September 9 of journalist Julio Valdivia in the state of Veracruz. He also becomes the 23rd death of a journalist in Chihuahua since 2000.
Condemnations of the act have come from a broad segment of the community. The Governor of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, issued a statement condemning the actions and calling on the District Attorney for an investigation: “I regret and condemn the cowardly murder of the journalist and host of Multimedios Ciudad Juarez…I have instructed the North Zone District Attorney for a thorough investigation to find those responsible. Justice will be served.”
The Ciudad Juárez Journalists Network has issued a statement (via Facebook) condemning Alba Medina’s murder and repeating their complaints against unfettered violence and continuing impunity for perpetrators of crime in Chihuahua and Ciudad Juárez, including the murder of 22 other journalists in Chihuahua since 2000.
The State Attorney General, César Augusto Peniche Espejel, has assured that his office “will not bypass any line of investigation related to the homicide of the newscaster” and that “all the lines are understandable and as data collection progresses, some hypotheses will be strengthened or discarded, with the commitment to get to the bottom of this matter and establish who the attackers were and the reasons for the attack.”
The Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH) issued a statement expressing“the CNDH is emphatic in recognizing the important work carried out by communicators to keep citizens informed, thereby reinforcing the exercise of freedom of expression, an undoubted feature of a democratic society in which all opinions have a place.”
La Verdad, in Spanish: Eleven shots fired killing journalist Arturo Alba
Animal Politico, in Spanish: Journalist and driver Arturo Alba murdered in Ciudad Juárez
El Universal, in Spanish: Arturo Alba Medina, Multimedios journalist, is murdered in Ciudad Juárez