Mexico Journalist murdered after receiving threats

Mexico Journalist murdered after receiving threats

Agency News

Mexico City, May 17 : A Mexican journalist was killed outside a bar in the coastal city of Playa del Carmen in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo after receiving threats, local authorities said on Friday.

Francisco Romero, who was enrolled in the Mexican government's protection program for journalists and activists, was on Thursday found dead in a pool of blood outside a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, his hometown. The state prosecutor's office reported in a statement that they opened an investigation into the homicide of Francisco Romero Diaz after the police found his body.

Romero Diaz directed an informative Facebook page called "Ocurrio Aqui" ("Happened Here"), and collaborated in the past with a news website, "Semanario Playa News," whose director was shot dead on July 24, 2018.

The prosecutor's office said that Romero Diaz complained to his staff on April 12 that he had received threats. The authorities at the scene reported that the journalist suffered blows and a wound apparently caused by a gunshot.

With the murder of Romero Diaz, at least five journalists have been killed so far in 2019 in Mexico. UNI