Reporters Without Borders has asked the authorities of Mexico to investigate if the killing of Rafael Murúa Manríquez, 34, was connected with his work as a radio journalist.
All the evidences are pointing to that connection, because Murúa had had death threats linked to his journalistic work and his criticism of the mayor of Mulegé, his municipality. He had condemned those threats and censorship attempts and appealed publicly to the local authorities to ensure respect for freedom of expression.
The body of the slain journalist was found hours after his disappearance with several shots in the abdomen.
Before him, another radio journalist, Noori Javid, from Radio Neshat, was killed in Afghanistan, and the BBC investigative Journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale was gunned down by some unknown men in Accra (Ghana). Maybe because their deaths took place in zones, far away from the scrutiny of the public opinion and the big headlines, their deaths have stay unnoticed for the public opinion.
According to Reporters Without Borders, right now there are 334 journalists, citizen journalists and media assistants jailed in the world because they were trying to do their job and tell stories to their readers listeners or viewers.
The country where there are more journalists jailed is China with 60, followed by Egypt with 33 and Turkey with 31. Very close are Iran, with 29 jailed, Saudi Arabia (28) and Syria (24). In addition, at the end of the year 2018 there were 60 journalists held hostages, 59 of them in the Middle East and almost all of them locals (6 foreigners)
Mexico is the Country situated out of areas of conflict more dangerous for Journalists. Last year, at least nine journalists were murdered in direct connection with their job there.
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