Mexican television reporter shot to death in Cancun

Police tape on the beach in Cancun.

A television journalist has been murdered in the tourist city of Cancun, Mexico.

Reporter Javier Enrique Rodríguez was shot on Wednesday, said his employer, the second journalist to face a violent death in the popular tourist spot this year.

Mr. Valladares worked as a cameraman and reporter for Channel 10. The station said that his family had confirmed his death.

According to press reports in Cancun, the reporter was shot while walking with another man in the central part of the city.

Local officials have not divulged any information about the case.

In July, Ruben Pat, the editor-in-chief of the weekly Playa News, was shot dead outside a bar in Playa del Carmen.

Mexico is a notoriously dangerous country for the media. Last year, 11 journalists were killed in Mexico.

According to several freedom of expression organizations, more than 100 journalists have been murdered in Mexico since 2000. The vast majority of these crimes have gone unpunished.

The news of the death of Valladares comes a week after Mexican officials discovered eight bodies on the streets of Cancun last week.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises travelers to exercise a high degree of caution when they are in Mexico due to the high levels of violence and drug-related violence in the country.