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Journalist is reported missing in the Mexican state of Veracruz

The reporter Francisco Hernandez Elvira was reported this Tuesday as missing in the state of veracruzsoutheast of Mexico.

Family and friends reported this Tuesday that since last Sunday the whereabouts of the media coordinator have been unknown. Radio Sugar FM and president of the Journalists Club of the municipality of Isla, an agricultural region in the south of veracruz.

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The first police reports revealed that the communicator was allegedly deprived of his liberty by a group of criminals.

In addition, his relatives reported that the apartment he lived in had been raided, his belongings had been turned upside down, and his pet had been murdered.

The State Commission for the Search for Persons issued, shortly after 20:00 local time (02:00 GMT on Wednesday), an official search file for the communicator.

Later, in a statement, the State Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists (CEAPP), an autonomous organization for the protection of communicators, described as serious and “a high-risk matter” the circumstances of the journalist’s disappearance.

And it revealed that given the nature of the case, for its search and location, an immediate coordination protocol was initiated with the Secretary of State Public Security (SSP), the State Attorney General’s Office and the State Search Commission.

This Tuesday it was reported that the journalist and broadcaster Peter Paul Kumul was shot to death Monday in the city of Xalapa, capital of the southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz.

If it is confirmed that the murder of the reporter and also a taxi driver was due to his journalistic work, Kumul would be the nineteenth communicator assassinated in Mexico so far this year, according to figures from the Inter-American Press Association (SIP).

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The social media outlet AX Noticias reported the murder through a statement and demanded that the governor of Veracruz, Cuitláhuac García, investigate the event to find those responsible for the crime.

The event took place on Monday afternoon in the town of the castle when, according to local media reports, he was shot several times while driving the taxi in which he also worked, which ended up crashing into a light pole and where he was found lifeless.

At the time of the events, Kumul was accompanied by his sentimental partner, who was saved from the attack.

With the murder of Kamul, 155 communicators have been killed in possible connection with their journalistic work in the country since 2000, according to the organization Article 19.

Veracruz is considered one of the most dangerous regions in Mexico and the world to practice journalism.

According to statistics from the State Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists, 28 journalists have been murdered during the governments of governors Javier Duarte (2010-2016), Miguel Ángel Yunes (2017-2018) and Cuitláhuac García (currently in functions).

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The entity has been immersed in a spiral of violence related to the operation of drug cartels and their fight by the State, which has left a trail of hundreds of murders, disappearances and clandestine graves.

In the last decade (2011-2021), a total of 642 clandestine graves have been located throughout the Veracruz territory, according to an official count obtained through transparency.

The Veracruz State Attorney General’s Office reported in that period a total of 609 bodies recovered in the graves, as well as 381 heads and more than 56,000 human remains.

Source: Elcomercio

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