Mexico news pho­tog­ra­pher found among five peo­ple slain in cap­i­tal

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY KATHER­INE COR­CO­RAN

A pho­tog­ra­pher for the Mex­i­can in­ves­tiga­tive mag­a­zine Pro­ceso, who had fled his home state af­ter be­ing ha­rassed, was among five peo­ple found slain early Satur­day in an apart­ment in Mexico City, ac­cord­ing to the mag­a­zine.

The body of Ruben Espinosa, who col­lab­o­rated with Pro­ceso and other media, was iden­ti­fied by a fam­ily mem­ber at the morgue Satur­day af­ter­noon, Pro­ceso re­ported, adding that he had two gun­shot wounds.

Espinosa had re­cently gone into self-ex­ile from the Gulf coast state of Ver­acruz, where he felt un­der threat, ac­cord­ing to Pro­ceso. His fam­ily had lost con­tact with him on Fri­day and by Satur­day the free speech ad­vo­cacy group Ar­ti­cle 19 had called on Mex­i­can author­i­ties to ac­ti­vate the pro­to­cols for lo­cat­ing a miss­ing jour­nal­ist.

He was found dead with four women, three of whom lived in the apart­ment in the mid­dle-class Nar­varte neigh­bor­hood near the cen­ter of the city, ac­cord­ing to the Mexico City pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice. The fourth woman was a do­mes­tic em­ployee, the pros­e­cu­tor’s state­ment said. It said iden­ti­fi­ca­tions and cause of death were still be­ing ver­i­fied.

Ver­acruz has been a dan­ger­ous state for re­porters. Ac­cord­ing to the Com­mit­tee to Pro­tect Jour­nal­ists, 11 jour­nal­ists have been killed there since 2010, all un­der Gov. Javier Duarte, the most re­cent just a month ago. Two oth­ers, in­clud­ing Espinosa, were Ver­acruz jour­nal­ists found dead out­side of the state.

Ar­ti­cle 19 on Satur­day called the killing of Espinosa a new level of vi­o­lence against jour­nal­ists in Mexico, as he was first to be killed while in ex­ile in Mexico City. Many re­porters un­der threat in their home states have taken refuge in the cap­i­tal, where the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has set up an agency to help such jour­nal­ists.

The ad­vo­cacy group said in an ar­ti­cle that the killing oc­curred “with­out author­i­ties charged with pro­tect­ing jour­nal­ists lift­ing a fin­ger to help Espinosa.”

Ar­ti­cle 19 said it pub­lished an alert about Espinosa June 15 af­ter he re­ported un­known peo­ple fol­low­ing him, tak­ing his pho­to­graph and ha­rass­ing him out­side his home in Xalapa, the cap­i­tal of Ver­acruz.

AP

In this April 29, 2012 file photo, pho­to­jour­nal­ists place their cam­eras on the ground dur­ing a demon­stra­tion in Mexico City con­demn­ing the al­leged mur­der of fel­low jour­nal­ist Regina Martinez, a cor­re­spon­dent for the Mex­i­can in­ves­tiga­tive mag­a­zine Pro­ceso.

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