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Journalist murdered in gruesome fashion in Guerrero

Mexican authorities have found the battered body of a journalist near the southwestern resort city of Acapulco, report Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social (CENCOS), el Centro de Periodismo y Ética Pública (CEPET), the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), ARTICLE 19 and other IFEX members. They call on the Mexican authorities to thoroughly investigate the killing, and to put an end to the ongoing violence against Mexican journalists.

Juan Daniel Martínez Gil, a news anchor on local Radiorama Acapulco, was found buried in a vacant lot in the town of La Máquina in the state of Guerrero on 28 July. The journalist had been badly beaten, his hands and feet were tied, and his head was wrapped in masking tape.

CEPET reported that his colleagues believe he was the victim of an organised crime group because of the cruelty with which he was murdered.

In the past few years, Guerrero has become an intense war zone for powerful drug gangs and government forces. But Enrique Silva, Radiorama Acapulco's news director, told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that Martínez was extremely cautious when reporting the news and didn't investigate sensitive topics such as drug trafficking or army and police activities in Acapulco.

In April 2007, a gunman shot Amado Ramírez, another Radiorama reporter and correspondent for Televisa, Mexico's largest television broadcaster, as he left the studio, reports CEPET.

According to the IFEX members, Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. Since 2000, 28 journalists, including Martínez, have been killed, says CPJ, and at least 10 have been murdered in direct reprisal for their work. Most covered organised crime or government corruption.

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