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Mexico: Count of Murdered Journalists in Veracruz Now Sixteen
In response to Mexican authorities in Puebla finding the body of journalist Anabel Flores Salazar a day after she was kidnapped from her home in Veracruz, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“The murder of Flores Salazar is a horrific assault on freedom of expression and the fabric of Mexican society,” said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin American and Caribbean programs. “The state government of Veracruz has done little or nothing to investigate violence against journalists. The federal government should recognize this reality by fully investigating these crimes and bringing the perpetrators to justice.”
On February 8, 2016, armed men abducted Anabel Salazar Flores from her home in Veracruz, claiming that they were arresting her. Her body was found in the state of Puebla the following day, with a bag around her head. An autopsy indicated she had died of asphyxiation after being tortured.
Flores Salazar worked for El Sol de Orizaba newspaper and primarily covered crime. She is the third journalist murdered in Mexico this year and the fourth from Veracruz killed since the beginning of 2015. Since governor Javier Duarte took office in 2010, at least 16 journalists have been killed in Veracruz, placing it among the most dangerous Mexican states for journalists.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.