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  HOME | Mexico

Journalist Gunned Down in Mexican Caribbean Resort Town

MEXICO CITY – A journalist was gunned down early Tuesday in the Mexican Caribbean resort town of Playa del Carmen, police and city officials said.

Ruben Pat Cahuich was shot at least twice outside a bar near the main street in the town.

The city of Solidaridad, where Playa del Carmen is located, said it notified the state Attorney General’s Office of the killing.

Police stopped and inspected vehicles in nearby Tulum and Cancun, both popular tourist destinations on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

Pat Cauich worked for several media outlets and websites in Playa del Carmen, and he owned the weekly Playa News.

On June 29, Jose Guadalupe Chan, who worked for Playa News, was murdered at a bar in Playa del Carmen.

Prosecutors in Mexico City, meanwhile, told EFE that Luis Perez Garcia, a journalist and broadcaster, died from wounds suffered when he was attacked at his home last week.

Perez, who was more than 80, was stabbed at his home in the capital’s Iztapalapa district.

The assailants set fire to the dwelling after stabbing the journalist, who was the editor of Encuesta de Hoy, a publication that has been in business for more than 30 years.

The deaths of Pat Cahuich and Perez bring to nine the number of journalists murdered in 2018 in Mexico, considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for reporters.

Since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in 2012, at least 45 members of the media have been killed in attacks linked to their professional activities.

 

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