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Violence Against Journalists Persists in Mexico

LADB Article ID: 80561
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2018-04-04
By: Carlos Navarro

The assassination of members of the news media continues unabated in Mexico, with journalist Leobardo Vázquez Atzin gunned down at his home in the city of Gutiérrez Zamora in northern Veracruz state on March 21. The state-affiliated agency in charge of protecting journalists in Veracruz (Comisión Estatal para la Atención y Protección de los Periodistas, CEAPP) confirmed the homicide.Vázquez Atzin is at least the third journalist killed in Mexico in 2018 and the 15th since January 2017, according to journalists’ rights groups. Vázquez Atzin reported on political matters, social conflicts, and crime in Gutiérrez Zamora and the adjacent community of Tecolutla for the newspapers La Opinión de Poza Rica and Vanguardia and on his online site Enlace Informativo Regional. He was previously an editor and designer at the newspaper Noreste, was cofounder of the magazine El Portal, and served as director of social communication for the Papantla city council in Veracruz. According to the online news site Animal Político, Vázquez Atzin at times published pieces that might have offended authorities, including an article on March 6 about an illegal seizure of land by a private party in Tecolutla. The seizure was presumably endorsed by the city government of Gutiérrez Zamora and by a notary public.

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