In Mexico, journalist Cándido Ríos Vázquez of the newspaper Diario de Acayucan has been murdered in the state of Veracruz. The longtime crime reporter had for years received death threats from a former local mayor, Gaspar Gómez Jiménez, because of Ríos’s reporting on corruption and the mayor’s alleged connection to the disappearance of a local clerk. His wife says hired men had beaten him up in his home and had threatened to cut out his tongue. This is his wife, Hilda Martínez.
Hilda Martínez: “I ask that justice is done and that they do a thorough investigation to see if it was personal or what. Since Gaspar Gómez Jiménez always threatened him with death, I am not too sure. I also want security for myself, so they don’t do the same thing to me.”
Cándido Ríos Vázquez was shot to death on Tuesday, despite being enrolled in a government program aimed at protecting the lives of journalists. He is at least the ninth journalist killed in Mexico so far this year.