MEXICO CITY – A photo-journalist employed by an online newspaper in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi was found murdered on Friday, the media outlet said.
“We regret to inform you that the dead body of reporter Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro was discovered,” Vox Populi San Luis Potosi said in a message published on social media. “We are with his family, with his 1-year-old daughter Daniela.”
The victim’s hands were bound and his body showed signs of torture, the daily said.
Esqueda Castro, a photographer and videographer, became the 11th journalist killed this year in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for news-gatherers.
Mexico’s independent National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said that armed men abducted Esqueda Castro on Thursday.
He body was dumped near Ponciano Arriaga International Airport in the city of San Luis Potosi, the CNDH said.
Shortly after the news of Esqueda Castro’s death became public, associates and colleagues of the victim gathered outside the offices of the state government and observed a minute of silence.
Condemning the murder, the CNDH urged the San Luis Potosi state government to extend protection to Esqueda Castro’s family.
Most of the 11 journalists murdered this year in Mexico died while covering political corruption and organized crime.