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More journalists abducted and murdered

A Mexican journalist who reported on government policy, environmental issues and organised crime was abducted on 6 April, report the Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social (CENCOS), ARTICLE 19 and other IFEX members. In the same week, another journalist was killed, report the International Press Institute (IPI), Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Ramón Ángeles Zalpa is a correspondent for a local newspaper, "Cambio de Michoacán", and a professor at the National Pedagogical University. He is the fourth journalist to disappear in Michoacán since 2006. Last November, Maria Esther Aguilar Casimbe, a crime reporter for "Cambio de Michoacán", also disappeared. ARTICLE 19 has initiated legal proceedings with local and federal authorities to accelerate the search for Ángeles Zalpa.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and RSF, Ángeles Zalpa wrote an article about the attack of a local indigenous family in late March, but it was printed without a by-line. Local journalists say the assailants are members of a criminal gang.

In a separate episode, Enrique Villicaña Palomares, a columnist with the "Voice of Michoacan" newspaper and a university teacher, was found dead on 10 April, five days after going missing. He had also reported on attacks by armed groups against local indigenous group, and received threats two weeks before his death. But his employer is not certain that his kidnapping and murder is linked to his work as a columnist.

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