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Friday May 17 2019
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Reuters

Mexican crime reporter shot and killed in tourist resort

By
Reuters
Quintana Roo HOY police reporter Francisco Romero. Image: Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders) via Facebook
 
 

MEXICO CITY: A crime reporter has been shot and killed in the beach resort of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, authorities said on Thursday, the latest in a rising death toll of journalists under the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

The body of Francisco Romero — a police reporter for the newspaper, Quintana Roo HOY, and director of the local news website Ocurrio Aqui — was found outside a bar in Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo, local prosecutors said.

“Ocurrio Aqui” also confirmed Romero’s death.

State prosecutors said in a statement the motive for the killing was unclear and that investigations were continuing.

Romero had reported threats against him and recently posted a video saying he had been kidnapped, blindfolded, and beaten by unidentified assailants.

Playa del Carmen is close to the popular resort of Cancun, and the area has been a focal point of turf wars between local gangs battling for control of criminal rackets.

According to a tally kept by Article 19, a free-speech advocacy group, Romero becomes the sixth journalist to be killed since Lopez Obrador took office at the start of December.

Article 19 said Romero was part of a government program designed to give at-risk reporters protection.

Lopez Obrador won election last July pledging to tackle rampant violence in Mexico, which suffered a record murder tally of nearly 29,000 last year. So far, however, killings are still rising and 2019 is on track to surpass the 2018 total.

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