Deceased Mexican journalist Armando Linares. Photo: Facebook


On Tuesday, March 15, Mexican reporter Armando Linares, director of the Monitor Michoacán news outlet, became the eighth journalist to be murdered so far this year in Mexico in a torrent of killings that has earned the government international condemnation.

Linares was shot dead in the city of Zitacuaro, Michoacan, outside his home, that state attorney general’s office said Tuesday.

Linares’ killing occurred just six weeks after the slaying of his colleague, Roberto Toledo, from the same news outlet, an incident that, ironically, Linares reported on.

No motive was given by authorities as to the reason for Linares’ death, but the central Mexican state of Michoacán has been Ground Zero for ongoing drug cartel turf wars for the last couple years.

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