Reporter Found Murdered in Veracruz

by Andrew Goodell

Tezonapa, Veracruz.

The newspaper El Mundo, based in Córdoba, Veracruz, reported that one of its reporters, Julio Valdivia, 44, was found dead in the remote town of Motzorongo, near the border with the state of Puebla. Locals reported Mr. Valdivia’s body to local authorities on the afternoon of September 9. He was found on the town’s railroad tracks with his motorcycle nearby. Members of the police later determined that Mr. Valdivia had been murdered and beheaded before being placed on the tracks and his death made to appear as an accident.

Reuters reports that another newspaper staff member, who did not want to be identified, reported that “Valdivia was found the near the train tracks, beheaded and tortured.”

Mr. Valdivia covered the police beat for Diario El Mundo de Cordoba, the largest circulation daily in central Veracruz; he also specialized in nota roja journalism which focuses on crime and violence. He was known to cover an area afflicted by gang violence. According to authorities, he had been receiving threats in recent months, but no further details have been reported.

Hugo Gutiérrez Maldonado, the Secretary of Public Security, issued a statement condemning the Mr. Valdivia’s murder and affirmed that they will coordinate hand in hand with the State Government to find those responsible.

According to Wikipedia’s page tabulating journalists and media workers killed in Mexico, Valdivia becomes the seventh journalist killed this year after the death on August 21 of independent journalist Juan Nelcio Espinoza Menera while in police custody in the northern state of Coahuila. He also becomes the 32nd death of a journalist in Veracruz since 2008 around the beginning of the Mexican Drug War and at least fourth since the start of the administration of Veracruz Governor Cuitláhuac García Jiménez in 2018.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent global nonprofit organization that defends and promotes press freedom, condemned the “terrible events” and issued an “urgent call” for authorities to identify those responsible.


One thought on “Reporter Found Murdered in Veracruz

  1. Another very sad story… thanks for publicizing the murders of Mexican journalists.
    According to Mexico News Daily, via Reforma, “The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) says 163 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, and 10 have been murdered this year. Since 2010, 25 journalists have been murdered in Veracruz alone. Mexico is the deadliest country in the Western Hemisphere for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. In 2019, nearly half of all murders of journalists worldwide occurred in Mexico.

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