Miami (August 4, 2022 ) - The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) urged the state government of Guanajuato, Mexico, to act swiftly to clear up the murder of journalist Ernesto Méndez on Wednesday. The organization stated that "the long list of crimes against Mexican journalists this year obliges us to reiterate our demand for efficiency in the administration of justice and an end to impunity.
The governor of Guanajuato, Diego Sinhue, declared that his government has several leads in the murder of Méndez and three other people and that four alleged perpetrators are being sought.
Beyond the hypotheses of the crime being handled by the government, the president of the IAPA and CEO of Grupo Opsa, of Honduras, Jorge Canahuati, said: "the government should not rule out his work as a journalist since Méndez requested protection from the Special Prosecutor's Office on Crimes Against Freedom of Expression."
Méndez was editorial director of the newspaper Tu Voz de Guanajuato. He was also a businessman.