The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox
A Mexican journalist is suspected to have been killed by cartel members after he took photos of a crime scene.
Jaime Castano Zacarias worked for the online newspaper PrensaLibreMx and also had a communications job in local government.
On Wednesday morning he photographed a crime scene with two dead bodies in the town of Jerez, Zacetecas.
As he was riding his motorcycle to work at about 9am he was intercepted by two gunmen who gunned him down.
The attackers also made off with his photographic material, including the pictures of the crime scene.
The Zacatecas State Attorney General Office said the murder is linked to organised crime, however they are still investigating if Mr Zacarias' work as a journalist had anything to do with it.
Daily Star's newsletter brings you the biggest and best stories – sign up today
Zacatecas Human Rights Commission president Luz Dominguez Campos said she has asked officials for a quick and effective investigation because Mr Zacarias was a journalist.
This means his murder was not just a crime against the victim but against freedom of expression in Mexico, she said.
The investigation continues.
In September the mangled body of a missing journalist who covered the country's most violent criminal gang was found near train tracks in Veracruz.
Julio Valdivia, 44, had been tortured before being decapitated, authorities believe.
His injuries were so gruesome at first it was thought he had been run over by a train, but this was ruled out by the prosecutor's office.
Mr Valdivida had specialised in "nota roja" reporting, focusing on Mexico's most extreme crimes.
He was the fourth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year.
According to the International Federation of Journalists, Mexico is the most dangerous country for reporters in the world.
Around half of all global journalist murders in 2019 occurred in Mexico, the Committee to Protect Journalists has said.
Source: Read Full Article