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Missing Mexican journalist found murdered

Mexico City, April 12 (IANS) Mexican authorities have found the decapitated body of a journalist, who was reported missing since April 2, in the coastal city of Acapulco, the prosecutor’s office said.

The Guerrero State Attorney General’s Office in a statement on Saturday said forensic and genetic examinations confirmed the identification of the remains of the body found on Wednesday in the southern state of Guerrero.

The human remains were located on the street next to a secondary school in Acapulco where Victor Fernando Alvarez’s family last saw him.

The statement said that the police had widened the probe to name the perpetrators “responsible for this homicide”.

Fernando Alvarez is the second journalist killed in the county this year after unknown assailants murdered Maria Elena Feral on March 30 in the state of Veracruz.

Crime syndicates have killed some 131 journalists in Mexico in the last nearly two decades, according to NGO Article 19.

Rights groups consider Mexico as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

At least 10 journalists were killed in connection with their work in Mexico in 2019, according to Reporters Without Borders.

–IANS

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