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They find another journalist beaten to death and wrapped in a plastic bag in Mexico


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The Mexican journalist Luis Enrique Ramirez He was murdered in the state of Sinaloa (northwest), becoming the ninth communicator to die violently in the country so far in 2022, the Prosecutor’s Office and Reporters Without Borders reported this Thursday.

The body of Ramírez, 59, A columnist for the local newspaper El Debate was found Thursday morning on the outskirts of Culiacán, capital of Sinaloa, after being reported missing on Wednesday night, reports Ep. He was kidnapped by unidentified armed men in the Los Pinos neighborhood, where he had his residence, according to the newspaper El Universal.

The Mexican Security Forces found his body, wrapped in a transparent black plastic bag, on a road near the Mexico-Nogales highway that leads to the El Ranchito, in the south of Culiacán.

Personnel from the Mexican expert services have come to the place, who after carrying out their work transferred the body to the Forensic Medical Service, where after the autopsy it has been determined that he suffered head injury as a result of blunt force traumaas reported by the Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office in a statement.

Likewise, it has specified that the relatives, a brother and a brother-in-law of the victim, have recognized the body of the journalist in the facilities of the Forensic Medical Service. The Attorney General of the State of Sinaloa, Sara Bruna Quiñónez Estrada, has indicated that has proceeded to open an investigation.

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Estrada has also commented that Ramírez he had felt intimidated in his past for his work as a journalist, although he had not filed any complaint. As reported by the newspaper ‘Milenio’, the editor of Reliable Sources, Marissa Palafox, has assured that they had no knowledge of threats against the journalist. Ramírez published his last column last Tuesday, and founded the news site Fuentes Fidedignas. He previously worked for the national newspapers El Financiero, El Nacional and La Jornada.

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In his latest article, titled Momentum, he reported that a man, whom he did not identify, insulted him in a restaurant where he ate with a local authority. Ramírez, who questioned regional politicians in his columns, is the ninth journalist assassinated so far this year in Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries for the press, according to RSF and Article 19.

In 2015, Ramírez said he felt in danger in Sinaloa when referring to the murder, in 2011, of his colleague Humberto Millán. “I do feel imminent danger that I am the one who follows, because there is a pattern in four recent murders, including Humberto’s, in which I fit,” he assured then in a radio interview.

The organization in favor of freedom of the press Article 19 demanded for its part that the authorities clarify the murder and said that it is documenting the facts. «We demand that the Sinaloa Prosecutor’s Office guarantee a prompt, impartial and diligent investigation in order to clarify what happened,” he said on Twitter.

“There will be no impunity”, says the government

For its part, the Mexican government said it is working with local authorities to clarify the case. “We will reinforce the security measures for journalists. There will be no impunity,” Jesús Ramírez, a government spokesman, said on Twitter.

The count of journalists murdered so far this year is: Armando Linares, Juan Carlos Muñiz, Heber López, Lourdes Maldonado, Margarito Martínez, Roberto Toledo, José Luis Gamboa and Jorge Luis Camero, the latter shot on February 24, two weeks after leaving his position in the mayor’s office of Empalme (state of Sonora, north), reports Afp.

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«This year is on track to be the deadliest for journalists in Mexico» said HRW Americas researcher Tyler Mattiace. Thus, he emphasized that “López Obrador has not only not addressed violence against the media, but he has used his daily morning press conferences to harass and intimidate journalists,” reports Ep.

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