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Body of young radio journalist found

The body of a radio journalist was found on 16 January, 17 days after he was kidnapped, report the Center for Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET), the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

José Luis Romero, a police beat reporter for the radio news programme "Línea Directa" was kidnapped last month in Los Mochis, Sinaloa state. The chief investigator of the abduction was murdered hours later.

CEPET reports that bullet wounds were found in his head and chest and there were signs of torture, including fractures to his skull and legs.

According to IPI, Mexican senators are proposing the creation of a new law to guarantee medical care for attacked journalists and police protection for journalists under threat. The law would also protect journalists' families and the premises of the media outlet where they work, and support a journalist's right to protect the confidentiality of sources.

IPI applauds the positive elements of this draft law but is concerned about other implications. "Armed protection for journalists will not actually address the root problem - which is the impunity enjoyed by the killers. Such armed protection could lead to deadly fire-fights and might result in innocent civilians being caught in the crossfire."

Two journalists have been killed in Mexico in 2010, reports RSF, and 60 have been murdered since 2000.

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