Mexican journalist Sergio Martinez, owner and editor of the weekly Enfoque, was shot dead today and became the eleventh reporter killed violently in the country in 2018, the government of the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas reported.
Martinez and his wife were shot dead by strangers when they ate in a small canteen in the municipality of Tuxtla Chico, on Mexico's southern border, officials said.
The owner of Enfoque died on the spot and his wife was injured and was taken to a hospital in Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, according to the same sources.
The fiscal of the border district Costa, Ignacio Alejandro Villa, denied that Martínez was a journalist and said that there are no elements to consider that his death is related to the exercise of journalism.
In a statement released by video on Wednesday, the prosecutor said that the last known activity of Martinez "was as owner of the bar known as El Dengue" and that, therefore, "there are no elements to consider that this killing is related to the exercise journalistic".
He confirmed that the authorities found Martínez a 9-mm-caliber weapon and that he was under investigation for the murder of a member of the Mara Salvatrucha on August 28.
Martinez is the second journalist killed in the Mexican state of Chiapas in less than a month, following the homicide on September 21 of reporter Leonel Gómez Sánchez, of the newspaper El Heraldo de Chiapas, of the Organización Editorial Mexicana.
With today, the number of informers who have been killed so far in 2018 in Mexico, by the 12 who died in the same circumstances in 2017, rises to 11.
According to the organization Article 19, since the current president of the country, Enrique Peña Nieto, rose to power in 2012, at least 45 Mexican communicators have lost their lives in events that are possibly related to their professional work.