Overseas Network, Jan. 22 (local time, Jan. 21), Mexicos Southern Baja California General Inspection Office said that journalist Rafael Murua Manriquez was killed in the state and his body was thrown on the roadside.
According to Mexico Daily News, Russian Satellite News Agency and Associated Press, the prosecutors Office of Southern Baja California said last Sunday that the body of 34-year-old Jose Rafael Murua Manlix was found in a vegetation in Mullerg. There were several knife wounds in Muruyas chest and three packages of what was said to be cannabis were also found at the scene. Yesterday (21) the office said that the autopsy had been arranged, according to the current situation, the reporter should have been stabbed to death.
Muluya was the head of Radio Kashana in San Rosaria. According to Muluyas family, he went out for a walk on Saturday evening (19), disappeared on Sunday afternoon, and never appeared again.
Murua was the first journalist killed in Mexico in 2019. The journalist had been threatened with death before his death. In November last year, Muluya publicly condemned the harassment and threats he was subjected to after writing a negative comment on the mayor of Mullerg, Felipe Prado Bautista. On November 14 last year, Muluya said he had learned from a city official that someone was planning to kill him. Previously, in 2016, Muluya was even the target of the federal witness protection program in the United States.
Jan-Albert Hootsen, Mexican representative of the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, spoke on a social platform on Monday (21), saying that Muluya was part of the Mexican journalist protection program and had been threatened as early as November last year.
According to the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, about 140 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000. Since 2005, the whereabouts of 21 media workers remain unknown.
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