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Abducted Mexican journalist found dead on the side of highway

February 10, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Abducted Mexican journalist found dead on the side of highway

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A Mexican reporter who was abducted by armed suspects from her home in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz was found murdered on the side of a highway authroties in Mexico said on Tuesday.

Gunmen dragged Anabel Flores Salazarcrime-beat reporter, who worked for the local newspaper in Orizaba, Veracruz, from her home just before dawn on Monday morning.

Veracruz state prosecutors confirmed in a statement that the half-naked body of Flores Salazar was discovered on a highway in the neighboring state of Puebla, her family later identified her reamins.

Since Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte took office in 2010, 17 journalists have died and another three more have gone missing. Duarte’s administration has come under criticizm for suggesting those journalists were either tied to organized crime groups or were merelt victims of common crime.

Investigators have said they were probing “all the reporter’s possible ties,” and claimed Flores Salazar was in the company of a reputed member of the ruthless Zetas organization at the time of his arrest in 2014.

“Veracruz authorities have a history of denigrating the activities of local journalists without providing any concrete evidence,” said Carlos Lauria, senior America program coordinator at the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. “We urge authorities to abstain from making unfounded accusations that may further endanger the Veracruz media.”

A reporter who sat in a bar with an alleged boss of Los Zetas was killed in August after gunmen stormed in and opened fire..

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