EDITOR OF GUERRERO STATE DAILY MURDERED
Tamayo's body was found unclothed, with his hands tied behind his back. Three small puncture marks on his arm suggested he may have been given a lethal injection. A preliminary autopsy concluded that he died from a massive heart attack.
The motive behind the murder is still unknown, but there are indications it may have been related to his newspaper's investigative reporting on organised crime, drug trafficking and local corruption. Colleagues and family members said Tamayo had received death threats recently.
Tamayo was the fifth journalist killed this year in Mexico, and two others are missing, making it "the western hemisphere's deadliest country for the press," says RSF. A recent IAPA report on press freedom in Mexico stated that "organised crime continues to claim the lives and minds of journalists."
Visit these links:
- RSF: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=19696
- CPJ: http://www.cpj.org/news/2006/americas/mexico13nov06na.html
- IAPA: http://www.sipiapa.com/pulications/informe_mexico2006o.cfm
- "International Herald Tribune": http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/11/11/america/LA_GEN_Mexico_Editor_Slain.php