Longtime Mexican journalist Gumaro Perez Aguilando was attending his child’s elementary school annual Christmas pageant when a team of gunmen walked up to him and opened fire.
The horrific murder took place in front of parents and students at the Aguirre Cinta School in the southern city of Acayucan, Veracruz, Revista Proceso reported.
Perez Aguilando covered the crime beat at various local news outlets and was a key editor at La Voz Del Sur. He was physically assaulted in 2012 for gathering information at a courthouse, according to the report, which was published in Breitbart on Wednesday.
Aguilando is the latest to be killed in a string of more than a dozen Mexican journalists murdered in 2017 alone, making this the worst year on record for press killings. The International Press Institute has labeled Mexico as the most dangerous place for journalists worldwide, edging out Iraq and Syria.
As Breitbart Texas has reported, human rights activists and journalists have been calling out the Mexican government for its inaction in addressing crimes against reporters and lacking security conditions, but they’ve largely been ignored.
Those behind the attacks are usually members of violent drug cartels, but can also be corrupt public officials.
“Longtime journalist #GumaroPerezAguilando had gone to the school to see his son’s #Christmas pageant when a team of gunmen walked up to him and opened fire in front of other parents & students” https://t.co/IabNGENotR
— Mary Magdalen (@Gr8LakesCzarina) December 20, 2017
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