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Journalist found dead in northwestern Mexico | Media News

Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists, with at least 17 media workers murdered in 2022.

A crime reporter has been found dead in northwestern Mexico, in what is already one of the worst years for the country’s press.

Juan Arjon Lopez, a freelance journalist who ran a news page on Facebook, went missing on August 9, according to the state attorney general.

A body with tattoos matching Arjon’s was found Tuesday in the town of San Luis Rio Colorado where he went missing.

Arjon’s body was found showing “signs of violence”, Sonora Attorney General Claudia Indira said at a press conference.

A source at the attorney general’s office told AFP news agency that the 62-year-old man had been identified from his fingerprints.

An autopsy found the journalist died of a blow to the head, the attorney general’s office said in a statement, adding that it had not ruled out any line of investigation.

Arjon alternated between working as a reporter and at a local restaurant, media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said.

“He had a web page [where] He covered security topics and was known and recognized in San Luis,” RSF’s Balbina Flores told Reuters.

The human rights group Article 19, which tracks the murder of the journalist, is investigating the case, according to media sources.

San Luis crosses the border with Arizona, USA and has long been known for its medical and dental centers for Americans. However, the region has been hit by drug cartel violence in recent years.

Mexico is one The most dangerous country in the world for journalistsAccording to Article 19, at least 34 media workers have been killed in connection with the work of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador since he took office in December 2018. At least 17 journalists have been reported. Died in 2022.

Last week, four radio station employees in the border town of Ciudad Juarez were killed in what authorities called gang-related violence. The week before, journalist Ernesto Mendez was murdered in central Guanajuato at a bar he owned.

The latest news reports on Arjon’s Facebook page were about the seizure of drugs and the recovery of several items of stolen property.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/8/17/journalist-found-dead-in-northwest-mexico Journalist found dead in northwestern Mexico | Media News

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