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Journalist Under Government Protection Murdered in Mexico’s Veracruz State

LADB Article ID: 80390
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-08-30
By: Carlos Navarro

A news reporter who had been under special protection from the federal government became at least the ninth journalist to be murdered in Mexico this year. Two other journalists received death threats in recent weeks, which raised further concerns about the safety of the members of the Mexican media. Social activist Cándido Ríos Vásquez, a reporter for the daily newspaper Diario de Acayucan in Veracruz state, was shot to death along with two other men while standing at a corner store. One of the two other victims was former local police investigator Víctor Antonio Alegría. This prompted authorities to focus their investigation on whether Ríos Vásquez or Alegría was the intended victim. However, circumstances suggest that Ríos Vásquez, who had received numerous threats on his life for reporting about corruption, was the target of the killing. The journalist had posted a video on his Facebook page in mid-August in which he denounced a suspected corruption network in his hometown of Hueyapan de Ocampo. In the posting, he accused several officials of illegally using government money and cheating in past elections.

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