Journalist Shot Dead In Drive-by Shooting 

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A crime journalist, Norma Sarabia, has been murdered after two masked men on a motorbike shot at her several times outside her home in Tabasco state, Mexico on Tuesday night.

Local media report that Sarabia is the sixth journalist to be killed in the country this year.

Sarabia had worked for newspaper house Tabasco Hoy for 15 years, most recently as a correspondent in the city of Huimanguillo.

Activists say more than 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000.

Most of the cases are believed to be linked to drug cartels and political corruption, and the vast majority of the killings go unpunished.

Mexican media described Sarabia, who also contributed to other local outlets, as devoted to journalism and a popular figure in the city.

“We deeply regret her death and we sympathise with her family,” Tabasco Hoy editorial director Hector Tapia said on Twitter (in Spanish).

Mexico has been described as the deadliest country for reporters outside a war zone by rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Activists say the measures taken by the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office in December 2018 and has vowed to put an end to the murders, have so far been merely symbolic.

In March, RSF said it had asked the International Criminal Court to investigate the violence against journalists from 2006 to 2018, saying the cases “take place against a backdrop of passive complicity on the part of the authorities”.

“The many murders and abductions of journalists who try to inform the public about organised crime, corruption and collusion between crime cartels and officials… must be regarded as crimes against humanity,” the group said in a statement.

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