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Journalist found dead in northern Mexico in bloody year for media

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Journalist found dead in northern Mexico in bloody year for media

Image :Journalists take part during a strike to demand justice for murders of journalists in May in Mexico City. Photograph: Luis Barron/Eyepix Group/eyepix/Zuma Press Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Body of Juan Arjón López, 14th journalist to be killed in Mexico in 2022, identified by tattoos in border city of San Luis Río Colorado

An independent journalist has been found dead in northern Mexico, bringing to 14 the number of reporters and media workers killed so far this year, which has been one of the deadliest ever for the profession.

Prosecutors in the northern border state of Sonora said on Tuesday that tattoos on a body found in the border city of San Luis Río Colorado matched those of journalist Juan Arjón López.

San Luis is across the border from Yuma, Arizona, and has long been known for medical and dentistry offices catering to Americans. But the area has been hit by drug cartel violence in recent years.

In March, volunteer searchers found 11 bodies in clandestine burial pits in a stretch of desert near a garbage dump in San Luis.

Alfonso Margarito Martínez Esquivel shares information on a murder scene in Tijuana Baja, in May 2019, Mexico.
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At the beginning of August, a journalist was among four people killed inside a beer shop in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato.

Authorities said it was unknown whether that attack was related to the journalist’s work, his role as representative of local businesses in the planning of an upcoming fair or something else.

While organized crime is often involved in journalist killings, small-town officials or politicians with political or criminal motivations are often suspects as well. Journalists running small news outlets in Mexico’s interior are easy targets.

Mexico is considered the most dangerous country for reporters outside a war zone.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/16/mexico-journalist-killed-juan-arjon-lopez

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