A fourth journalist goes missing in Michoacán, Mexico

By Dean Graber

Ramón Ángeles Zalpa, a correspondent for Cambio de Michoacán newspaper, was last seen Tuesday, April 6, when he left his home for a local university where he is also a professor, Article 19 reports.

Ángeles covers the towns of Uruapan and Paracho and has reported on government, public safety, and agricultural issues. "Recently, he reported on an armed attack against an indigenous family on the boundaries of the municipalities of Angahuen and San Juan Nuevo Parangaricutiro," the human rights organization says.

A colleague from the same newspaper, Maria Esther Aguilar Casimbe, a crime reporter in Zamora, disappeared in November 2009 and has not yet been found. Ángeles is the fourth journalist to disappear in Michoacán since 2006 and the 10th to disappear in Mexico since 2000, Article 19 adds.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.