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Another journalist murdered while Mexico’s president celebrates freedom of the press

May 8, 2015

Yet another Mexican reporter was murdered in Veracruz this week, the 12th journalist to have been killed in the eastern state in the last five years.

After being abducted as he was driving home last Saturday, Armando Saldaña Morales, a 52-year-old reporter for a local radio station called La Ke Buena, was found dead in the town of Morelos on Monday. His body reportedly showed signs of torture and four bullet wounds.

The motive for Saldaña’s murder was not immediately clear but he had recently reported on corruption and organized crime, including the assassination of a former police chief and the theft of oil from state-owned pipelines in the region.

The killing of Saldaña, who had covered the region for 25 years for numerous local media outlets, came just four months after the death of Moisés Sánchez, the last journalist to have been killed in Veracruz.

Twelve reporters have now been murdered in this Mexican Gulf state since Governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) took office in December 2010…

Click here to read this article in full at Latin Correspondent. 

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