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Heber López Vásquez

MURDEREDIn the afternoon of February 10, 2022, a group of at least two men shot and killed Mexican journalist Heber López Vásquez as he was about to enter a home in the coastal city of Salina Cruz. López, 39, worked as a journalist for 18 years, founded and edited the NoticiasWeb and RCP Noticias news websites, and previously worked as reporter for the Meganoticias broadcaster.

The day before his killing, López published a short article on NoticiasWeb accusing Arminda Espinosa Cartas, a former municipal official in Salina Cruz, of corruption, and alleged that she tried to coerce locals to vote for her. Multiple news articles published after the killing identified one of the arrested suspects as Espinosa Cartas’ brother, named only as “Ricardo N,” and López’s brother told CPJ that he believed the journalist was killed in retaliation for that article.

In at least 8 out of 10 cases, the murderers of journalists go free. CPJ is waging a global campaign against impunity.

11 journalists killed in 2022
293 imprisoned in 2021
66 missing globally
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