Press release

Director-General condemns killing of journalist Armando Linares López in Zitácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico


The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has condemned the killing of the Mexican journalist Armando Linares López in Zitácuaro in Michoacán State on 15 March.

I condemn the brutal killing of Armando Linares López. I call for a swift investigation into this attack and on the urgent strengthening of the policies of prevention, protection and prosecution of these crimes as recommended by the UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO

Linares López, who is reported to have been shot 8 times in his house, was the Director of online news platform Monitor Michoacán. The murder occurred just a month and a half after the murder of Roberto Toledo, a colleague of Linares López at Monitor Michoacán. Mr. Linares López is the 7th journalist killed in Mexico in 2022.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework 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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