Missing Mexican journalist found dead

July 27th, 2011 - 5:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico, July 27 (IANS/EFE) A Mexican journalist kidnapped over the weekend was found dead Tuesday in a city outside the Gulf post of Veracruz, officials said.

Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz was beheaded and appeared to have been tortured, a government spokesman told EFE.

Ordaz de la Cruz worked for the daily Notiver, which specialises in covering drug and security issues in Veracruz and Boca del Rio, located about 300 km east of Mexico City.

The reporter’s body was dumped on the street behind the offices of the Imagen de Veracruz newspaper. Ordaz de la Cruz, who had written about the war on drugs, was kidnapped Saturday by gunmen.

“Everything points to the (murder) being carried out by members of an organised crime group,” Veracruz Attorney General Reynaldo Escobar Perez said.

Investigators are looking at the possibility that Ordaz de la Cruz may have had links to a drug cartel.

Journalist Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco, who also covered the crime beat for Notiver, was gunned down June 20 along with his wife and son in Veracruz.

Since 2000, 71 journalists have been murdered and 13 others have gone missing in Mexico, the National Human Rights Commission said in May.

–IANS/EFE
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