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Mexican authorities offer $250,000 reward for information about killing of journalist

The government of the Mexican state of Veracruz is offering a reward of more than a quarter-million dollars for information about the killing of a journalist, reported El Universal.

The state attorney general, Reynaldo Escobar Pérez, said that the suspect allegedly responsible for killing journalist Miguel Ángel López, who was shot to death along with his family on June 20, has been identified as 33-year-old Juan Carlos Carranza Saavedra, who has a rap sheet that includes accusations of vandalism, theft and murder.

Anyone who comes forward would remain anonymous, according to La Policiaca.

This is not the first time Mexican authorities have offered a reward for information related to the killing of journalists. In May 2009, the country's attorney general offered $380,000 for information about those responsible for killing journalist Eliseo Barrón, who worked for the newspaper La Opinión de Torreón, in Coahuila. Barrón was found dead May 26, three days after being kidnapped.

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.

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