A new report documented nearly 400 violent attacks on media workers in Mexico during 2015, including seven murders. The report blames public officials, as well as drug cartels, for the record number of assaults.
Three of the four women who were killed along with Ruben Espinosa were assaulted before being shot in the head. Loved ones identified them as friends ranging in ages from 18 to 32, and one 40-year-old house cleaner.
"It's for your own good," said Gov. Javier Duarte of Veracruz, where 12 journalists have been killed since he took office. Six have been killed in Mexico so far this year, a tally on track to double from 2014.