Mexican Journalist Found Dead After Receiving Threats
- VOA News,August 3, 2015
A Mexican photojournalist who went into hiding after being harassed was among five people found dead from gunshot wounds inside a Mexico City apartment.
Ruben Espinosa worked for the investigative magazine Proceso, which said his sister identified his body Saturday. He was found with two gunshot wounds along with four women in an apartment in the Narvarte neighborhood of the Mexican capital.
Several weeks ago, Espinosa fled from Veracruz in southeastern Mexico following what Proceso said was harassment outside his home and work by unidentified individuals.
Veracruz has been a dangerous state for reporters. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 11 journalists have been killed there since 2010, all under Gov. Javier Duarte, the most recent just a month ago.
Press freedom group Article 19 denounced Espinosa’s killing in a statement Saturday, saying it “marks a new milestone” in violence against the press in Mexico and that impunity grows with each case.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says 34 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992, making it the 10th deadliest country for reporters.