December 19, 2017 / 10:30 PM / in 5 months

Mexico journalist shot dead at Christmas celebration at son's school

MEXICO CITY, Dec 19 (Reuters) - A journalist was shot dead on Tuesday in the Mexican state of Veracruz as he attended a Christmas celebration at his son’s school, the latest murder in the country’s deadliest year on record for media workers.

Gumaro Perez, 35, who regularly wrote about security and drug trafficking, was shot at four times and killed in the Acayucan municipality of Veracruz, making him the third journalist to be killed in the state and twelfth overall in Mexico this year.

Perez worked for Golfo Sur and Voz del Sur, among other media organizations.

“We’re in shock, waiting for them to hand over the body and see what we’re going to do together with his family,” the journalist’s group Asociacion de Periodistas Independientes de Acayucan said.

A lone gunman entered Perez’s 6-year-old son’s classroom, where the Christmas celebration was being held, and fired at Perez, the group said, citing witnesses.

Perez was a member of the same journalist’s association.

The organization Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday that at least 65 media workers around the world were killed doing their jobs this year, including 50 professional journalists. Mexico was one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist, according to the report. [

Since 2000, at least 111 media workers have been killed in the country, with 38 deaths occurring since Enrique Pena Nieto became president in December 2012, according to advocacy group Article 19. (Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

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