Journalist Adrián Silva Moreno Murdered

1adrian2Freelance Mexican journalist Adrián Silva Moreno was murdered in November according to a report from CPJ. Moreno and a companion were gunned down shortly after he had gathered information on large-scale gasoline theft and witnessed a standoff between soldiers and a gunman in the central Mexican state of Puebla.

As CPJ reportsEloísa Rodríguez Zamora, a local radio reporter, said Silva had been covering an army investigation into the theft of gasoline from a government petroleum company in the town of Tehuacán. Theft of gasoline from government pipelines is common in the area, which is controlled by organized crime groups, according to local journalists.

After leaving the scene, Silva called Rodríguez to say he had seen an armed stand-off between soldiers at a nearby roadblock and gunmen in an SUV and a Ford Lobo pickup truck, she said. It was unclear if the confrontation was related to the gasoline theft. She said that Silva told her that he had found something very important at the scene of the theft but would explain later. Six minutes later, Rodríguez said, she heard from police reports that a man had been shot at that location.

Silva was shot as he sat in the driver’s seat, local journalists told CPJ. His passenger, Misray López González, ran for a block but was also shot to death, the journalists said.

Reporters Without Borders which also ran a story on the murder of Moreno reported, Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Puntual journalist who had worked with Silva on crime stories told Reporters Without Borders that his murder may have been ordered.