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Published 14 February 2016

The Veracruz governor made the announcement on Twitter.

The alleged perpetrator behind the murder of a Mexican journalist was arrested in Veracruz on Saturday, the state’s governor announced.

Anabel Flores, who covered the police and corruption for local media, was reportedly violently dragged from her home in Veracruz by a group of armed men and found dead on the side of the road earlier this week.

"Josele Marquez (alias) El Chichi is implicated, among other crimes, as (the one responsible) for the assassination of journalist Anabel Flores," Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte confirmed on his Twitter account while announcing the arrest.

"The attack on the media outlet El Buen Tono is also attributed to (Marquez)," Duarte said, referring to last year's attack that was also assumed to be aimed at journalists from that newspaper, according to Reuters.

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Earlier, the Veracruz's general prosecutor released a statement saying it was investigating Flores’ disappearance, while numerous organizations including the Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the crime reporter's disappearance and expressed concern for her safety.

"We are shocked by this kidnapping and urge Mexican authorities to do everything in their power to locate Anabel Flores Salazar and bring her back to safety," said CPJ's senior program coordinator for the Americas, Carlos Lauria.

"Veracruz has become one of the most dangerous regions in the world for the press, crippling citizens' rights to access vital information about crime and corruption. The Mexican federal government must put an end to this cycle of endless violence by bringing the perpetrators of this crime to justice."

Flores Salazar covered crime for the newspaper El Sol de Orizaba and contributed to El Buen Tono and El Mundo de Orizaba.

Veracruz is one of the most dangerous states in Mexico for journalists, while Mexico remains the western hemisphere’s most dangerous country for journalists.

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