BY Reuters

Mexican crime reporter killed in Zacatecas, Mexico

Juan Carlos Muniz was shot and killed in the central state of Zacatecas on Friday, officials said, the latest in a string of assassinations of media workers this year.

Muniz worked for local news website Testigo Minero and also as a taxi driver. He was shot in the head while driving at least two passengers.

Muniz worked at Testigo Minero for two years covering crime in the city of Fresnillo.

Jan-Albert Hootsen, the Mexico representative to the Committee to Protect Journalists, said Muniz's death added to a concerning toll of killings this year.

"The frequency in which murders are occurring this year is chilling," he said.