Jour­nal­ist death toll nears record in Mex­ico

The Sunday Guardian - - World - REUTERS

MEX­ICO CITY: The bul­letrid­dled body of a news pho­tog­ra­pher was found in cen­tral Mex­ico on Fri­day, said state of­fi­cials, put­ting 2017 on track to be­come the dead­li­est year yet for jour­nal­ists in the no­to­ri­ously vi­o­lent coun­try.

Edgar Daniel Esqueda, 23, who worked with Metropoli San Luis and Vox Pop­uli SLP in the state of San Luis Po­tosi, was found in the state cap­i­tal with at least three bul­let wounds in the back of his neck, au­thor­i­ties said.

The news out­lets where Esqueda worked had re­ported his ab­duc­tion from his home by gun­men on Thurs­day morn­ing.

San Luis Po­tosi’s gover­nor, Manuel Car­reras, told a press con­fer­ence an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way. With Esqueda’s killing, 2017 could be­come the blood­i­est year yet for re­porters in Mex­ico, ac­cord­ing to press free­dom and jour­nal­ists’ ad­vo­cacy group Ar­tic­ulo 19.

The photo jour­nal­ist was the 11th re­porter killed so far this year, the group said. That matched the to­tal in 2016, which was the high­est num­ber on record in a coun­try torn by ru­n­away lev­els of crim­i­nal and drug-re­lated blood­let­ting.

Over the past 17 years, 111 jour­nal­ists have been killed in Mex­ico, 38 of them un­der the cur­rent gov­ern­ment of President En­rique Pena Ni­eto. Re­porters With­out Bor­ders and the Com­mit­tee for the Pro­tec­tion of Jour­nal­ists (CPJ) both rank Mex­ico among the dead­li­est coun­tries in the world for re­porters.

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