MEXICO CITY: A Mexican journalist was discovered lifeless in the north-western state of Sinaloa on Thursday (Could 5), authorities mentioned, marking the ninth dying of a media employee in a unprecedentedly bloody year for the nation which has drawn worldwide scrutiny.
Luis Enrique Ramirez, a veteran journalist and columnist at El Debate, was discovered lifeless on the facet of a freeway, the state’s legal professional common mentioned on Twitter.
Ramirez’s physique was found by safety forces in a black bag and wrapped in plastic, his employer mentioned.
Ramirez was a acknowledged determine in Sinaloa and past, having labored at among the nation’s largest papers throughout a 40-year profession, in line with El Debate.
Ramirez had beforehand been on the receiving finish of “aggressions”, Juan Vazquez of Article 19, a human rights group devoted to press freedom, informed Reuters.
“I do really feel the upcoming hazard that I’m the one who follows, as a result of there’s a sample [of murders], in which I match,” Ramirez mentioned in an interview with native media a number of years in the past.
Presidential spokesperson Jesus Cuevas mentioned on Twitter on Thursday afternoon that the federal authorities would work with state and native governments to analyze Ramirez’s dying and that they’d “reinforce safety measures for journalists.”
Violence in opposition to the press has skyrocketed throughout President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s administration, in line with an Article 19 report printed in April.
Throughout his administration alone, 34 journalists have been killed, in line with Article 19’s rely, together with Ramirez.
United States Senators Tim Kaine and Marco Rubio known as on the US to induce Mexico to do extra to guard journalists in February, criticizing Lopez Obrador for lashing out in opposition to his critics in the media.