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  • Railroad lines where the corpse of Julio Valdivia was found, Tezonapa, Mexico, Sept. 9, 2020.

    Railroad lines where the corpse of Julio Valdivia was found, Tezonapa, Mexico, Sept. 9, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @elpaismexico

Published 10 September 2020
Opinion

Reporters Without Borders demanded that the authorities thoroughly investigate this case.

El Mundo newspaper’s journalist Julio Valdivia was found decapitated on Wednesday on the side of train tracks in the Tezonapa municipality in the state of Veracruz.

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The municipal police found the body arranged to give the impression that it had been an accident, which was discarded by the authorities of the Regional Attorney General's Office.

On Tuesday, Valdivia took to the field to report on an armed confrontation between criminal gangs and police officers in the Cosolapa Municipality.

The State Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists (CEAPP) informed that the journalist was not receiving special protection measures because he had not received threats against his life.

The international NGO "Reporters Without Borders" demanded the Mexican authorities carry out a thorough investigation of this case.

The acts of violence and aggression against journalists are on the rise in Mexico. Since 2000, at least 162 homicides of journalists have been registered and 22 reporters have disappeared.

The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) called on federal and state authorities to increase their efforts to eradicate the impunity that prevails in these cases.

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