Democracy Now: Journalists Slain in Mexico, Somalia

World Press Freedom Day was observed across the globe on Thursday just as journalist killings were reported in Mexico and Somalia. Three photojournalists were found murdered in the Mexican state of Veracruz just days after an investigative reporter there was found strangled in her home. The victims all covered crime-related stories and had reportedly fled the state at one point after receiving threats. The bodies of Guillermo Luna Varela, Gabriel Huge and Esteban Rodriguez bore signs of torture and mutilation when they were discovered inside plastic bags in a canal Thursday. A fourth victim, who was the girlfriend of one of the journalists, was also found. Meanwhile in Somalia, radio journalist Farhan Abdulle was shot dead by two armed assailants. He was the fifth Somali journalist to be killed this year.

~ by wheresthemic on May 4, 2012.

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