A Mexican reporter was on Saturday found dead in his home, making him the twelfth journalist killed in the country this year, according to Mexico’s human rights watchdog.
Nevith Condes Jaramillo died as result of being stabbed several times, the state prosecutor said on Saturday, adding that the case is being treated as a homicide.
Jaramillo, 42, who also went by the name Nevith N. ran the local news site El Observatorio del Sur.
On his website, he posted stories that led to him being at odds with local government, resulting in several threats over the last year.
The Mexican National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) condemned the murder in a statement and called for an independent investigation into his death. It added Jaramillo had requested federal protection because of the threats.
“With this homicide there are already 153 journalists killed since 2000, and 12 so far in 2019,” the commission wrote in the published statement.
Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Last month, three journalists were killed within a week, leading to CPJ to call for “an immediate and credible investigation” into their deaths.