National Press Club calls on authorities to investigate murder of Mexican journalist

The National Press Club and its Journalism Institute condemn the murder of Mexican journalist Norma Sarabia Garduza and call on Mexican authorities to immediately and thoroughly investigate this cowardly assassination. She is the sixth journalist killed in Mexico this year.

Sarabia, who covered crime and violence in Mexico’s southeast state of Tabasco, was gunned down Tuesday in front of her home.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Sarabia’s loved ones.

We applaud Mexican news reports that the Tabasco State attorney is taking measures to protect Sarabia’s family.

Her death occurred less than a month after journalist Francisco Romero was found dead of gunshot wounds in the Yucatán beach town of Playa del Carmen.

Reporters Without Borders ranks Mexico 144th out of 180 countries in its press freedom index.

The mounting death toll of Mexican journalists comes as the National Press Club, its Journalism Institute and other press freedom organizations have been working in the United States against the deportation of journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, who fled Mexico in 2008 amid threats from members of the Mexican military. Gutiérrez had written stories about military corruption.

A U.S. immigration judge in March denied Gutiérrez’ asylum claim, declaring that Gutiérrez had been unable to show that he would be in danger if he returned to Mexico.