Flores Salazar: kidnapped Monday. Flores Salazar: kidnapped Monday.

Veracruz reporter found dead in Puebla

Anabel Flores Salazar covered crime for newspapers in Orizaba

The body of a Veracruz reporter who was removed from her home by armed men early Monday morning was found yesterday.

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Anabel Flores Salazar, 27, of Orizaba was taken from her bed by masked men wearing military uniforms and bullet-proof vests who told family members they had an order for her arrest.

The reporter, who covered the police beat for newspapers in the city of Orizaba, had not spoken of any threats against her although she was reserved about her work, said a relative.

Her captors were traveling in two trucks that had been reported stolen, said Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte on his Twitter account.

The state prosecutor´s office said it would investigate Victor Osorio Santacruz, who was arrested while in the company of Flores Salazar in August 2014 on suspicion of organized crime links.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international organization that promotes press freedom, expressed shock over the kidnapping on Monday.

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“Veracruz has become one of the most dangerous regions in the world for the press, crippling citizens’ rights to access vital information about crime and corruption,” said senior program coordinator for the Americas, Carlos Lauria. “The Mexican federal government must put an end to this cycle of endless violence by bringing the perpetrators of this crime to justice.”

Article 19, an international human rights organization whose focus is freedom of information, says 19 reporters had been killed in Veracruz since Governor Duarte took office in 2010.

A newspaper in Orizaba for which Flores Salazar used to work said in a story yesterday that the reporter was dismissed in 2014 over concerns that her lifestyle did not correspond to her salary, observing that she drove a vehicle whose cost a reporter would have had difficulty paying.

Flores Salazar´s body was found near the Cuacnopalan-Oaxaca highway in the state of Puebla, about 15 kilometers from the Veracruz border.

She leaves two young sons.

Source: Milenio (sp), Zeta Tijuana (sp)

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