Press release

Director-General condemns killing of four media workers in Mexico

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has condemned the attack on 11 August that claimed the lives of four media workers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. This brings to 15 the number of journalists and media workers killed in Mexico this year.

All four victims worked for radio station Switch 105.9 FM. They were announcer Allan González, head of marketing Armando Guerrero, technician Lino Flores and Alejandro Arriaga, a member of the radio station’s security team.

I condemn the killing of Allan González, Armando Guerrero, Lino Flores and Alejandro Arriaga. I urge the Mexican authorities at all levels to prosecute the perpetrators of this violence to the fullest extent of the law, and to ensure all journalists and media workers in Mexico can do their jobs without fear of attack.
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

The four media workers were carrying out a promotional broadcast from a mobile radio unit outside a restaurant, when assailants burst into the restaurant and began shooting customers before turning to the mobile unit.

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

Media contact: Guilherme Canela de Souza Godoi