Photo: Veracruz, Mexico
The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced alarm and anger over the murders of three Mexican journalists in the state of Veracruz in less than a week.
The bodies of Gabriel Huge and Guillermo Luna Varela were found on 3 May – which is observed annually as World Press Freedom Day – in plastic bags near the banks of a canal in Boca del Rio.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters without Borders the journalists had been reported missing the day before, after being called out to cover a road accident.
The bodies of two other people, retired photographer Esteban Rodriguez and Irasema Becerra, companion of Mr. Luna, were found nearby.
These latest killings follow the murder on 28 April of Regina Martinez, who was found dead in her home in Xalapa, also in the state of Veracruz. She was known particularly for her in-depth reporting on drug cartels.
These three new deaths bring to nine the total number of journalists murdered in the region over the past 18 months, UNESCO said in a news release.