MEXICO CITY, Aug 16 (Reuters) – The body of a Mexican journalist, who had been reported missing, was found on Tuesday in the northern state of Sonora, local authorities said, in a new episode of escalating violence against workers in the press in the country.
Juan Arjón, who ran the news page “What are you afraid of,” disappeared on August 9, according to the state attorney general. A body with tattoos identical to those of the journalist was recovered Tuesday in San Luis Río Colorado, the town where he was last seen.
His body was found with “signs of violence,” reported the Sonora prosecutor, Claudia Indira, at a press conference.
Balbina Flores, of Reporters Without Borders, told Reuters that Arjón “handled security issues, he was known and recognized in San Luis.”
The international union protection organization Article 19, which tracks attacks on journalists, is documenting the case, a press representative said.
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism. Violence against media workers has skyrocketed during the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with at least 34 crimes against journalists since he took office at the end of 2018.
Last week, four employees of a radio station in the Ciudad Juárez border were killed as part of a series of riots generated by organized crime.
In early August, journalist Ernesto Méndez was shot dead in the central state of Guanajuato in a store he owned.
(Reporting by Kylie Madry and Lizbeth Diaz)