Mexican Radio Journalist Found Dead in Acapulco

Associated Press
Thursday, July 30, 2009

ACAPULCO, Mexico, July 29 -- The body of a Mexican radio journalist was found beaten, gagged and partially buried in the resort city of Acapulco, police said Wednesday.

Juan Daniel Martinez's body was found in a clandestine grave in an empty lot Tuesday night, the Guerrero state public safety department said in a statement.

Martinez, 48, was a newscaster for W Radio who covered local issues, including crime. Police named no suspects or possible motive in his killing.

Several international media watchdog groups say Mexico is the most dangerous country in the Americas for journalists, especially those covering drug trafficking. According to the International Federation of Journalists, at least 10 journalists were killed there in 2008.

"Juan Daniel Martinez joins a sickeningly long list of journalists who have fallen victim to the lawlessness plaguing Mexico," Carlos Lauría, of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, said Wednesday.

In a separate attack, a federal agent who had been investigating the killing of another Mexican journalist was shot dead Tuesday night, said Vladimir Tuexi, a spokesman for the regional prosecutor's office.

José Ibarra, who had been investigating the death of Armando Rodríguez, was killed at his home in Ciudad Juarez, a city across the border from El Paso.

Rodríguez, a crime reporter for the newspaper El Diario, was killed Nov. 13 outside his Ciudad Juarez home. Investigators said they did not know whether Ibarra's killing was related to his investigation.

Ciudad Juarez is one of Mexico's most violent cities, with more than 800 people killed this year.

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