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Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Unconfirmed: Juan Daniel Martínez Gil

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2010
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Radiorama and W Radio
July 28, 2009, in Acapulco, Mexico

Martínez, 48, anchor of the radio news programs "W Acapulco" on national W Radio and "Guerrero en Vivo" on local Radiorama Acapulco, was found gagged and partially buried in a vacant lot in La Máquina, a town in the southern Pacific state of Guerrero. The journalist's body showed evidence of torture, with his hands and feet tied and head wrapped in tape, authorities told local reporters. A forensic examination found that Martínez had been asphyxiated, the newsweekly Proceso reported.

Enrique Silva, Radiorama Acapulco's news director, told CPJ that Martínez covered a range of issues, but always took precautions when covering drug trafficking or other sensitive topics. "He was disciplined that way," said Silva. "He knew he could not go deep on certain stories."

Silva said the authorities reviewed Martínez's laptop and interview archives. Javier Martínez Gil, the reporter's brother, told CPJ in May 2010 that authorities had not informed him of any suspects or leads. "The case has gone cold," he said.

The Guerrero state attorney general's office and the Mexico City-based special federal prosecutor for crimes against journalists did not respond to CPJ's requests for interviews.

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