A 39-year old journalist from Mexico, Jesús Antonio Gamboa Urías, who was an editor of the online news site Nueva Prensa, was found dead a week after he was kidnapped by unknown men. This makes it the fifth case of a journalist being murdered in Sinaloa since 2004.
An AIT report on Thursday, November 6, 2014, disclosed that his body, riddled with gunshots, was found in a village near the city of Los Mochis, in the north-western state of Sinaloa, which is one of Mexico’s most violent regions.
Concerned about the journalist’s tragic death, the International Press Institute (IPI) has called for a full investigation to decipher the cause and the people behind the incident.
The Institute’s press freedom adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vanessa Garnica said, “This case represents yet another blow to press freedom in Mexico, a country that has been ravaged by violence and impunity for several years now,”
The freedom of expression organisation, Article 19, had stated that Mexican journalists have been the victim of at least 222 incidents of aggression in 2014 alone.