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Mexican journalist killed in Santa Rosalia Baja Sur

A Mexican journalist from Santa Rosalía, Baja California Sur was killed by 15 shots of high-caliber weapons, 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 had received death threats for his work according to local media reports. Rafael Morúa Manríquez, 34 years old, had been reported missing since Saturday evening, when, according to his relatives, he went for a walk through the center of Santa Rosalía, but did not return.


His body was found near kilometer 40 of the Santa Rosalía-San Ignacio road. 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.
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."