Journalist found beheaded on railroad track in Mexico

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Julio Valdivia’s body was found on his motorcycle on a railway line

Mexico:

A journalist was found beheaded on Wednesday in a violence-ridden area in eastern Mexico, police said. This was the latest result of a string of murders in one of the most dangerous countries in the world for reporters.

Hugo Gutierrez, security minister and police chief in the eastern state of Veracruz, condemned the “cowardly murder” of Julio Valdivia, who worked for the newspaper El Mundo de Veracruz.

“In coordination with the Attorney General’s Office, we will exhaust all resources to find those responsible,” he said in a statement.

According to his newspaper, Valdivia’s body was found on his motorcycle on a train track in a mountain area in the Tezonapa municipality.

He is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico this year, according to the media watchman Reporters Without Borders, who urged authorities to investigate whether the 41-year-old was murdered because of his work.

Mexico is regularly classified by the media watchdog as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

More than 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, with only a fraction of these crimes leading to convictions.

In one rare such conviction, a man convicted of ordering the 2017 murder of prominent journalist Miroslava Breach was sentenced to 50 years in prison last month.

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