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Kidnapped journalist found dead

Missing Mexican journalist Humberto Millán Salazar was found dead on 25 August
Missing Mexican journalist Humberto Millán Salazar was found dead on 25 August

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Missing Mexican journalist Humberto Millán Salazar was found dead on 25 August with a gunshot wound to the head, report ARTICLE 19, the Centro de Periodismo y Etica Publica (CEPET) and other IFEX members. Millán, a political reporter from Culiacán in Sinaloa state, was kidnapped the day before by armed men, say the members.

Millán Salazar, a veteran journalist with over 30 years' experience of political reporting, was reportedly on his way to present the news at Radio Fórmula when he was intercepted by masked armed men who forced him into a car. His brother was with him at the time but was released unharmed. According to the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International, the kidnapping reportedly took place in a matter of seconds, suggesting it had been meticulously planned.

One of his colleagues, Berzahi Osuna Enciso, told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that the killers would be found among his political enemies.

On the same day of the killing, another journalist announced that he was abandoning Sinaloa because of difficult conditions, reports ARTICLE 19. Luis Enrique Ramírez, a former columnist for "El Debate" newspaper, explained on his blog how journalists operate in Sinaloa: "We prefer to keep quiet, distance ourselves from the situation, and do our best to survive."

According to ARTICLE 19, six journalists have been murdered in Mexico so far this year, making it the most dangerous Latin American county for journalists.

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    Humberto Millán Salazar had been missing for 24 hours after having been kidnapped by armed men in Culiacán, Sinaloa.



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