Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised this Thursday to investigate the murder of journalist Julio Valdivia, whose decapitated body was found late Wednesday in the municipality of Tezonapa, Veracruz state.
“It is our duty to conduct this investigation and punish those responsible,” said the Mexican president during his daily press conference. The journalist had reported on murders and kidnappings early in the morning for six months for the newspaper ‘El Mundo de Córdoba’.
“I know Tezonapa and I know how important the newspaper ‘El Mundo de Córdoba’ is, how heroic it is to do journalism in this region as in other regions of the country. That is why those responsible must be investigated and punished,” he said .
Initial hypotheses suggest that 44-year-old Valdivia was beheaded on the train tracks that run through the parish. His motorcycle was found next to him, abandoned on the tracks. According to police reports, the body showed signs of violence, according to El Universal newspaper.
Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world for journalists. In 2019, a dozen journalists were murdered in the country, according to the list compiled by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).