Mexican radio journalist murdered, first reporter death of 2019

A Mexican journalist - Rafael Murua, a community radio station director - was found murdered in the northern state of Baja California Sur, the governor said Monday, the first reporter killed this year. (Social Media)
Updated 21 January 2019
0

Mexican radio journalist murdered, first reporter death of 2019

  • Rafael Murua, a community radio station director, had received death threats for his work
  • Murua, 34, was under the Mexican government’s protection program for journalists and rights activists

MEXICO CITY: A Mexican journalist was found murdered in the northern state of Baja California Sur, the governor said Monday, the first reporter killed this year in what has become one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the press.
Rafael Murua, a community radio station director who had received death threats for his work, went missing Sunday night, according to local media reports. Governor Carlos Mendoza confirmed the journalist had been found murdered, condemning the killing.
“This cowardly crime will not go unpunished,” the governor wrote on Twitter.
“My solidarity to the family and all journalists working in Baja California Sur.”
Murua, 34, was under the Mexican government’s protection program for journalists and rights activists, said Balbina Flores, country director for the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders.
The group reported at least nine journalists’ murders in Mexico last year, making it the third-most-dangerous country to be a reporter after war-torn Afghanistan and Syria.
Racked by violent crime linked to its powerful drug cartels and fueled by political corruption, Mexico has registered more than 100 journalists’ murders since 2000.
The vast majority of the cases have gone unpunished — as do more than 90 percent of violent crimes in Mexico.


Journalists quit Russia’s leading business daily over report

A photo taken on May 20, 2019, shows Kommersant daily newspaper issues. (AFP)
Updated 24 min 30 sec ago
0

Journalists quit Russia’s leading business daily over report

  • Matviyenko and other officials denied the report

MOSCOW: Leading journalists at Russia’s main business daily newspaper say they have been forced to quit over an article that predicted the resignation of the speaker of the country’s upper house of parliament.
Kommersant’s Maxim Ivanov and Ivan Safronov said on Facebook Monday that they were forced to step down because the newspaper’s owner, billionaire Alisher Usmanov, was unhappy with the article published last month.
The publication’s deputy editor, Gleb Cherkasov, said he and 10 other Kommersant journalists will quit in protest.
A spokesperson for Usmanov said he is not involved in hiring or firing decisions and dismissed suggestions he was involved in this case.
“In the case of the two Kommersant journalists, Alisher Usmanov played no role and found out about their dismissal from media reports,” the spokesperson said.
In their article, Ivanov and Safronov predicted that upper house speaker Valentina Matviyenko would resign soon and be replaced by Sergei Naryshkin, the head of the SVR foreign intelligence service.
Matviyenko and other officials denied the report.