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Journalist kidnapped in Mexico

May 20, 2017

Mexican journalist Salvador Adame has been abducted by armed men in the south of the country, officials and family have said. The kidnapping comes just days after another journalist was murdered on the street.

Mexiko - Protest gegen Journalistenmorde
Image: picture-alliance/AA/M. Velasquez

Mexican journalist and media executive Salvador Adame was seized by armed men and forced into a vehicle in the city of Neuva Italia in the southern state of Michoacan on Thursday, the National Human Rights Commission said in a statement released on Friday.

Adame is the owner and director of a local channel, 6TV. The region where the abduction took place, known as the "Tierra Caliente" or "Hot Lands," is badly affected by Mexico's bloody drug war.

His abduction comes four days after prominent journalist Javier Valdez was murdered in the northern city of Culiacan in the state of Sinaloa.

Mexiko Javier Valdez in Culiacan erschossen
Valdez received awards for his workImage: Getty Images/AFP/H. Guerrero

Valdez was well-known for his courageous reporting on Mexico's drug war, and had received awards for it. His murder was the sixth of a journalist in Mexico since early March.

High rate of killings

The group Reporters Without Borders says that Mexico is the country with the third highest rate of journalist killings in the world, preceded only by Syria and Afghanistan. It says more than 100 journalists have been killed there since 2000, with most of the killers never coming to justice.

#DWmypic: In Mexico, journalism can get you killed

Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has promised to give journalist better protection in future.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, on his visit to Mexico on Friday, also pledged to cooperate with authorities there in the combat against crime and violence against journalists.

"Journalists who report critically are victims of brutal violence. We want to help the government to fight this," Gabriel said.

@dwnews - Mexican journalists mourn murdered colleague Javier Valdez

tj/sms (AFP, AP)

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