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Sat Mar 4, 2017, 06:10 PM

Journalist shot dead by apparent hit squad in Mexico

Source: Associated Press

Journalist shot dead by apparent hit squad in Mexico

Jose Antonio Rivera and Peter Orsi
Associated Press
MARCH 4, 3:15 PM
Acapulco, Mexico

A journalist was murdered in the troubled southern state of Guerrero, Mexican authorities said Friday, adding to a long list of reporter killings in what is considered one of the world's most dangerous countries for media professionals.

The Guerrero state prosecutor's office said in a statement that Cecilio Pineda Birto was shot dead Thursday evening in Ciudad Altamirano while in a hammock at a car wash waiting for his car to be serviced. Prosecutors said two attackers arrived on a motorcycle and one of them fired a handgun, according to eyewitness accounts.

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Pineda was the founder of La Voz de Tierra Caliente, collaborated with various other media outlets and also published reports via Facebook, said Carlos Lauria, senior program coordinator for the Americas at the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists, who has been working to document the case.

Lauria told The Associated Press that according to a witness, Pineda was shot at least 10 times, including once in the neck and four times in the chest.


Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/ct-mexico-journalist-killed-20170304-story.html

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