Missing Mexican journalist found dead

June 4th, 2011 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Veracruz (Mexico), June 4 (IANS/EFE) A journalist in eastern Mexico who disappeared nearly three months ago was found dead, authorities in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz said Friday.

The remains of Noel Lopez Olguin were discovered on a ranch in the municipality of Jaltipan, the state Attorney General’s Office said.

Lopez, who wrote for a daily newspaper and two weekly publications in the town of Acayucan, went missing March 8, his wife told authorities.

His body was in an advanced state of composition and the Veracruz AG’s office offered no information about the cause of death.

The state’s top official for law and order, Gerardo Buganza Salmeron, vowed that those responsible for Lopez’s death will be tracked down and punished.

Mexico has become one of the Western Hemisphere’s deadliest countries for journalists, with some 70 reporters slain since 2000, according to figures from the independent National Human Rights Commission.

The killings are attributed to organised crime and rogue public officials.

–IANS/EFE
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