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Mexican journalist shot dead near US border

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A Mexican who covered crime in north-has been shot dead by an unknown assailant in his home near the US border, local authorities said.

47-year-old was shot multiple times at point-blank range after the gunman knocked on his front door on Friday. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital, the Sonora state's office said in a statement on Saturday.

Barroso was a based in the border town of San Luis Rio Colorado, situated about 32 km southwest of Yuma, in the

The scribe was also a host of a local radio show and a contributor to a weekly newspaper called Contrasena. He was also the 563 news website.

Barosso is the fourth to be killed so far this year in It is yet to be ascertained whether his killing was linked to his work.

The three other deceased Mexican journalists are -- Reynaldo Lopez, and

is one of the dangerous countries to practise journalism, where it ranks 147 out of 180 countries, according to 2018 Press Freedom Index.

The Latin American nation is only second after where practising journalism is a risk, as per Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based NGO advocating press freedom. Over 100 journalists have been killed since 2000, according to the organisation.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 07:27 IST