Journalist and family shot dead in Mexico


Journalist Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco, his wife, and their 21-year-old son were shot to death inside their home in Veracruz, Mexico today. Snip from AP report:

Lopez Velasco wrote a column about politics and crime and was editorial director for the daily newspaper Notiver. His son had been working as a photographer for the same newspaper.

Another reporter was found dead in Veracruz just earlier this month. Mexico is the most dangerous country in the Americas for journalists, according to various press freedom groups: More than 60 have been murdered there since 2000, according to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, or "CNDH"). More than 36,000 people have died in "narcoviolence" since Mexico's president Felipe Calderon initiated a military-led crackdown on drug cartels in 2006.

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