Sonora journalist Santiago Barroso Alfaro killed

A Mexican journalist who often covered crime and drug gangs in northern Sonora state has died after being shot at point-blank range in his home near the US border, local authorities said. Santiago Barroso, 47, was shot multiple times after an unknown assailant knocked on his front door on Friday, the state prosecutor's office said in a statement on Saturday. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Barroso worked as a multimedia journalist in the border town of San Luis Rio Colorado, about 20 miles southwest of Yuma, Arizona, on the U.S. side.

He was host of a local radio show, director of the news website Red 563 and a contributor to weekly newspaper Contraseña. While it was unclear if his killing was linked to his work, Barroso is the third journalist killed so far this year in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters.
Alfonso Durazo, Mexico’s security minister, pledged federal government assistance in the investigation into Barroso’s killing in a post on Twitter. According to free-speech advocacy group Article 19, at least 46 journalists have been killed in Mexico from 2012 through last year. Days prior to last killing the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Christophe Deloire, met with Mexican Undersecretary of Human Rights Alejandro Encinas today in Mexico City and informed him that RSF has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes of violence against journalists in Mexico from 2006 to 2018.

Stressing RSF’s deep concern about the continuing frequency of murders and abductions of journalists in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media. Mexico is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.