Reporter missing, a journalist found dead in Mexico

His body showed signs of violence. Journalist Luis Martín Sánchez Iñiguez, correspondent for the newspaper The Day in the state of Nayarit (northwestern Mexico), was found dead this Saturday after being reported missing, announced the daily for which he worked.

“The body was found with signs of violence and on it were two small cards with an inscription (…) his relatives having identified him as Luis Martín Sánchez Iñiguez,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. According to the first elements of the investigation, the death occurred between 24 and 48 hours before the journalist was found on Saturday morning in a rural area near Tepic, the capital of Nayarit.

Computer, phone and hard drive missing

According to local media, the journalist’s body had been handcuffed and wrapped in plastic bags. And the messages found on him would come from criminal groups. The newspaper, citing reports from local authorities, said the journalist’s wife, Cecilia López, reported to the prosecutor’s office that she did not know the journalist’s whereabouts since Wednesday evening, when she was in another town to visit relatives.

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Luis Martín Sánchez Iñiguez, the first working journalist to be killed in Mexico in 2023, was home Wednesday night and spoke to his wife on the phone. According to the newspaper, she said that she found at home the clothes her husband was wearing the last day she saw him and in her wallet all her personal documents, except for her correspondent’s card from The Day. The family also reported that “his computer, cell phone, hard drive and sandals are missing,” the newspaper added.

13 Mexican journalists killed in 2022

This is the third correspondent of The Day killed in recent years after the assassinations of Miroslava Breach in Chihuahua in March 2017 and Javier Valdez in Sinaloa in May of the same year. This last journalist was an AFP collaborator. The state of Nayarit, located on the Pacific coast, borders the states of Sinaloa and Jalisco, where the country’s two largest drug cartels operate.

Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism, according to RSF. Since 2000, more than 150 journalists have been killed in this country, according to the organization. According to the government, 13 killings of journalists were recorded in 2022 alone, and authorities are investigating whether these events were linked to the victims’ profession. Most crimes against journalists go unpunished.

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