Heber López Wiki – Heber López Biography
Heber López was a Mexican journalist, who was shot dead in the southern state of Oaxaca on Thursday, the fifth killed this year in Mexico, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
An official with the Oaxaca state security agency, who requested anonymity, confirmed that López was director of Noticias Web’s online news site.
His age is unclear.
Heber López Killed
Witnesses said a vehicle carrying two men pulled up in front of Lopez’s office on Thursday evening, according to Rodolfo Canseco Gutierrez, a friend of the victim and director of the online news site RCP Noticias. One man got out, walked into the office, and shot Lopez, he said.
Canseco Gutierrez said Lopez covered crime and police news. He said while Lopez had never told him about receiving threats, he did not doubt the killing was connected to his friend’s work.
Mexico regularly ranks as one of the deadliest countries for journalists globally. From 2000 to 2021, about 145 journalists have been killed in the country, according to human rights organization Article 19.
According to the organization, with seven journalists killed in the whole of 2021, the first two months of 2022 have proven particularly deadly.
In early January, Jose Luis Gamboa Arenas, the director of the news site Inforegio in Veracruz, was fatally stabbed.
Weeks later, freelance photographer Margarito Martinez was murdered by shooters in the border city of Tijuana. A week later, reporter Lourdes Maldonado Lopez was fatally shot in the same town. Authorities said on Wednesday three men had been arrested in connection with her killing.
The Oaxaca state prosecutor’s office said that two suspects in the killing were in custody, and a gun had been recovered from them.
Rodolfo Canseco Gutiérrez, director of the online news site RCP Noticias and a longtime friend of López’s, said the journalist covered crime and police news.
Jan-Albert Hootsen, the Mexico representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said Lopez’s murder makes the first six weeks of 2022 “the deadliest for the Mexican press in over a decade.”
The attorney general for Oaxaca said two people were arrested for Lopez’s killing, though the investigation was still ongoing.