27-year-old Francisco Romero was shot dead outside a bar in Playa del Carmen. His colleagues remember his coverage of the crime beat in this resort town. After Romero was kidnapped in 2018 and his Facebook page was hacked, he sued the responsible parties, including the Mayor of Playa del Carmen.
After this happened, independent reporters expressed their fear of continuing their work. In this context of extreme violence, journalists have become a new target in Playa del Carmen, where the homicide rate has reached epidemic proportions.