KIDNAPPED JOURNALIST FOUND DEAD IN CENTRAL MEXICO

1/9/2015 Newsweek
censorshipMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist kidnapped in the violent state of Veracruz on was found dead on Tuesday, the prosecutors’ office in neighboring Puebla state said, the latest victim of a wave of attacks on reporters in the country.

Anabel Flores had been violently dragged from her home in Veracruz early on Monday morning by a group of armed men.

The attorney general’s office said on Tuesday it had asked the Defence Ministry if military officials entered her home, and if so, that they say who issued the warrant.

Her body was found on a highway in Puebla and later identified by her family, Veracruz prosecutors said.

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Mexico: Risking Life for Truth

Alma Guillermopreita, NY Review of Books, 11/2012

Let us say that you are a Mexican reporter working for peanuts at a local television station somewhere in the provinces—the state of Durango, for example—and that one day you get a friendly invitation from a powerful drug-trafficking group. Imagine that it is the Zetas, and that thanks to their efforts in your city several dozen people have recently perished in various unspeakable ways, while justice turned a blind eye. Among the dead is one of your colleagues. Now consider the invitation, which is to a press conference to be held punctually on the following Friday, at a not particularly out of the way spot just outside of town. You were, perhaps, considering going instead to a movie? Keep in mind, the invitation notes, that attendance will be taken by the Zetas.

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