Journalist killed in Mexico after posting about disappeared students

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Columnist Fredid “Fredy” Roman was killed just after posting a column on the alleged involvement of local politicians in the disappearance of 43 students in 2014.

Roman's death follows the murders of at least three other Mexican journalists this month.
Roman’s death follows the murders of at least three other Mexican journalists this month. (Reuters)

A journalist has been shot dead in southern Mexico, authorities said, shortly after posting online about the disappearance eight years ago of 43 students from a nearby area.

Fredid Roman, who published his work on various social media pages and contributed to a local newspaper, was found dead in his car in the city of Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, the local prosecutor’s office said Monday evening.

The case of the 43 students from Guerrero, who went missing in 2014 after commandeering a bus to head to a protest, is considered one of the worst human rights disasters in Mexican history.

The case was forced back into the spotlight last week when a truth commission branded the atrocity a “state crime” that involved agents of various institutions.

READ MORE: Mexico arrests ex-top prosecutor over disappearance of 43 students

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A few hours before his death, Roman published a long Facebook post titled “State Crime Without Charging the Boss,” in which he mentioned an alleged meeting between four officials at the time of the students’ disappearance, including former attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam.

Murillo Karam was arrested after the publication of the truth commission report last week, while dozens of warrants were issued for suspects including military personnel, police officers and cartel members.

It was not immediately clear if Roman’s recent post on the missing students or his other journalistic work played a role in his death.

READ MORE: Mexico commission blames military over 43 disappeared students

Twelve journalists have been killed in Mexico so far this year, according to the government, while the NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) lists nine. Some media outlets have put the figure at 15 or 16.

With about 150 journalists murdered since 2000, according to RSF, Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the press.

Most of those murders remain unpunished.

Source: AFP

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