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Journalist stabbed to death in Mexico

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The head of a Mexican news website was stabbed to death in central Mexico, authorities said, raising to 10 the number of press workers killed in a year.

The prosecutor said in a statement late on Saturday that the body of Nephith Condes Jaramillo “was found on Saturday morning … and bearing traces of injuries with a sharp machine,” referring to an investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

Jaramio, 42, was the director of a local website in the city of Tejobelco and was a broadcaster on a radio station.

Reporters Without Borders quoted Jaramillo’s relatives as saying he had received death threats last year and that he had sought federal protection.

But relatives said he refused to go ahead with the protection process because of federal measures.

The National Human Rights Commission condemned the crime and called for an investigation to punish those responsible.

“Violence against journalists in all its forms is one of the main obstacles to becoming a stronger democracy,” she said in a statement.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for the press. More than 100 journalists have been killed since 2000 as a result of drug-related violence and political corruption. Most crimes remain unpunished.

Reporters Without Borders says Mexico is the country with the highest number of journalists killed since the beginning of 2019 with nine journalists.

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