The journalist Rafael Murúa Manríquez, director of a community radio station in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur, was found dead on Sunday with signs of violence, official sources reported today.
Journalist Rafael Murúa killed, the first of 2019
"The Attorney General's Office of the State informs that at approximately 5:28 pm local time (21.28 GMT) this Sunday it was learned that at kilometer 40 of the Santa Rosalía-San Ignacio road stretch, in the municipality of Mulegé, there was a person without life, "the agency said in a bulletin.
On site was located, among the bushes, the lifeless body of a male person, observing "various perforations in the thorax".
The deceased was identified, was 34 years old and was originally from Santa Rosalia, said the State Attorney, who did not disclose the name.
"Alerta Baja California: First journalist killed in Mexico in 2019. They find Rafael Murúa Manríquez in a bush, he was the director of Radiokashana and he was reported missing," the organization Alertas Periodistas Desplazados México on Twitter said.
In addition, he denounced aggressions of the municipal president of Mulegé Felipe Prado, indicated the brief message.
In this sense, the entity Periodistas de a Pie also lamented the death of the reporter, warning that he had received threats against him. The senator and promoter of human rights Emilio Álvarez Icaza said that this deceased is "one more journalist murdered in Mexico."
According to the first versions, the reporter was last seen on Saturday night in Santa Rosalía, municipality of Mulegé. On Sunday, the disappearance of the journalist was announced.
"Article 19 is aware of the disappearance of the director of the community radio station Radiokashana, Rafael Murúa Manríquez, in Santa Rosalía, this Sunday, January 20," the NGO said on Twitter.
The defense organization of the journalists requested a "diligent" investigation and the activation of the protocols for the live location of the reporter.
In addition, he demanded that the federal protection mechanism for journalists be applied. Hours after this call, the journalist, 34, was found dead and with signs of violence.
According to local media, the reporter had received threats linked to his journalistic work and at the end of 2016 he was incorporated into the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists in Mexico.
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the practice of journalism.
During the past six years of President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) there were 47 murders of journalists in Mexico, while in the López Obrador mandate, which started on December 1, three journalists have been killed.