MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist was discovered lifeless with stab wounds on Saturday, authorities stated, including to a rising checklist of reporter deaths in one of many world’s most harmful nations for the press.
The state of Mexico prosecutor stated it was investigating the reason for demise of Nevith N., 42, whose physique was discovered within the Tejupilco municipality about 75 miles (122 km) from Mexico Metropolis.
Advocacy group Reporters With out Borders recognized him as Nevith Condes Jaramillo, who ran the native information website El Observatorio del Sur within the central state of Mexico.
Condes had printed tales that triggered tensions with the native authorities and he obtained threats in November and June, a Reporters With out Borders spokeswoman stated, citing info obtained from Condes’ reporter colleagues.
The group has singled out Mexico as essentially the most harmful nation for journalists within the Western Hemisphere.
If confirmed as a murder, Condes’ demise would carry the homicide toll of Mexican journalists this yr to no less than 10 in contrast with 9 final yr, in line with free-speech advocacy group Article 19.
Earlier this month, three reporters have been killed in a single week, together with one who had obtained threats.
Murders in Mexico jumped within the first half of the yr to the best on report, in line with official knowledge. The spiraling violence underscores the challenges President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has confronted since taking workplace in December with a vow to scale back violence within the nation ravaged by infamous drug cartels.
Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon, Sharay Angulo and Lizbeth Diaz; Modifying by Leslie Adler