International News Safety Institute

08 July 2023  |  Deutsche Welle

Luis Martin Sanchez Iniguez


Mexican journalist found dead as attacks on press continue

Cause of death



A journalist for one of Mexico's top newspapers has been found dead in the western state of Nayarit, La Jornada said on Saturday.

"A body found in the village of Huachines... in the municipality of Tepic was identified as Luis Martin Sanchez Iniguez, 59 years old, correspondent for La Jornada," the newspaper said on its website.

Sanchez Iniguez had been missing since Wednesday and his wife filed a missing persons report with Mexican authorities on Friday.

He was last seen in Xalisco, a Nayarit town that has long been linked to the smuggling of heroin and opium.

The prosecutor's office said on Saturday that relatives identified the body, which had been dead for at least one or two days.

"The body was found with signs of violence, and two handwritten signs were found on it," prosecutors said in a statement.

Authorities did not reveal what the messages said, but such notes are frequently left by drug cartels with the bodies of victims. The prosecutor's office said the motive in the killing was still under investigation.

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