Sonora journalist's body found a week after his abduction by armed group



    MONTREAL, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders voice its
regret today at the news that the body of Saul Martinez Ortega, a journalist
who was kidnapped on 16 April in Agua Prieta in the northwestern state of
Sonora, was found yesterday about three hours' drive away in the neighbouring
state of Chihuahua. Forensic experts think he was killed within a few hours of
his abduction by a heavily-armed group.
    The press freedom organisation said it offered its condolences to
Martinez's family and colleagues. Mexico continues to be the western
hemisphere's deadliest country for journalists, with two dead and one missing
since the start of the year.
    Aged 36, Martinez worked for the magazine Interdiario and the Diario de
Agua Prieta daily newspaper. He had of late been investigating the abduction
and murder of one of his sources, a former Agua Prieta municipal policeman,
which occurred a month before his own abduction.




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