Cándido Ríos Vásquez was murdered in Hueyapan de Ocampo, VER, on August 21, 2017. Víctor Acrelio Alegría, a former police inspector, and his escort were also killed in the attack, which took place at a gas station on Highway 180.
Ríos Vásquez was under the protection of the Mexican government’s Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists program, the result of an attack on him by the then-mayor of Hueyapan de Ocampo in 2012. Complaints by him were under investigation by the Veracruz Attorney General’s office.
Ríos Vásquez had been a reporter for the Diario de Acayucan for a decade. He had a long history of making local officials uncomfortable, and reported on everything from murders to cattle rustling. On August 13, nine days before he was killed, Cándido Ríos made a video recording where he made strong accusations against political figures in Hueyapan de Ocampo.
Spanish-language article in Zona Franca: Periodista “protegido” por Segob es asesinado en Veracruz
Spanish-language article by Armando Ortiz in Libertad Bajo Palabra: Asesinan a periodista Cándido Ríos; ya había denunciado ante la CEAPP
Spanish-language editorial in El Diario NY: En defensa de los periodistas en México