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Another journalist murdered in the Mexican state of Veracruz

May 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Another journalist murdered in the Mexican state of Veracruz

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Mexico continues to be one of the deadliest places in the world for journalists to apply their trade.

So far this year, six journalists have been murdered in Mexico, as reporters continue to be targeted by both organized drug crime syndicates and corrupt government officials specifically in the state of Veracruz.

The latest slaying gunman shot Manuel Torres execution-style in the back of the head in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Proceso reported.

According to Reporters Without Borders, Torres covered police news cartel violence and court cases. While also working for the city of Poza Rica, he edited his own news website, Noticiasmt.

Torres is the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico this year.

In a statement, Mexico’s Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said that officials have been assisting Torres’ family in dealing with investigative agencies.

The CNDH asked for the cooperation of the state government in the investigation of the murder and requested an evaluation of the security conditions of journalists in the state.

Despite the government’s assurances of cooperation, Reporters Without Borders regards Mexico as one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.

The organization says “murders of journalists are typically carried out in cold blood, like executions, and almost always go unpunished.”

In April, armed gunmen executed 55-year-old Francisco Pacheco Beltran, a reporter in the Mexican state of Guerrero, who had spent the previous night documenting a brutal cartel gun battle that had paralyzed the beach resort city of Acapulco Guerrero.

The level of impunity in Veracruz not only includes the drug cartels but also the corrupt elected officials that have journalists reporting under threats of intimidation and out of fear for their lives.

Since Javier Duarte became the Governor of Veracruz, whose administration has been fraught with allegations of corruption and links to organized crime took office in 2010, more than a dozen reporters have been murdered and several more have disappeared.

The lack of security conditions has made it untenable for journalists to work in Veracruz, prompting many to flee the state.

Such was the high-profile case of 31-year-old photojournalist Rubén Espinosa, who was brutally tortured and murdered along with 32-year-old activist Nadia Vera with two other women in a Mexico City apartment on July 31st, 2015.

All of the victims were outspoken critics of the governor who had each fled the state, after receiving threats and experiencing incidents of severe intimidation, to Mexico City, which they believed was a safe haven.

Just before his death, Espinosa gave his last interview with SinEmbargo, in which he said, “It’s sad to think about Veracruz, there aren’t words to express how bad things are in that state . . . . Death chose Veracruz, death decided to go and live there.”

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