Rafael Murúa Manríquez Murdered, First Journalist Murdered in Mexico This Year

Community radio station director Rafael Murúa Manríquez, 34, went missing Sunday, according to local media reports. He had received death threats for his work before going missing.

He was found murdered in the northern state of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Rafael was the first reporter killed this year, in what has become the third most dangerous country for the press.

Reporters Without Borders revealed at least nine journalists were murdered in the country last year, making it the most-dangerous country to be a reporter after only Afghanistan and Syria. More than 100 journalists’ murders have been reported since 2000.

Murders in Mexico increased by a third in 2018 from the previous year with 33,341 murder investigations recorded, according to government reports.

 

 

Photo of Rafael Murúa Manríquez via Facebook

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