Mexican Authorities Bungled Case of Slain Journalist, Group Says


Tracy Wilkinson
Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2014

Journalists investigating the recent slaying of one of their colleagues said Wednesday that they have found a slew of mistakes, omissions and bad policing that undermine government claims that the man was killed as part of a personal dispute.

Gregorio Jimenez, a prolific freelance journalist kidnapped and found dead last month, “was without a doubt killed because of his work: to inform,” Maria Idalia Gomez, a representative of the Inter-American Press Assn. and participant in the inquiry, said at a news conference.

Jimenez was one of at least 10 journalists who have been killed in the last three years in the coastal state of Veracruz, by far the most deadly place in Mexico for reporters. Yet the government of Veracruz has routinely dismissed or sought to minimize the murders, most of which have not been thoroughly investigated, if at all.

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