Mexican authorities say killing of Proceso reporter was a crime of passion

Nearly two months after the killing of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez, authorities of the state of Veracruz leaked information to the local press indicating that the killing was a crime of passion and not related to her journalistic work, reported the newspaper Imagen del Golfo.

“In the middle of the worst wave of crimes against journalists in Veracruz during the PRI administration of Javier Duarte (nine killings in less than a year and a half), this would be the first case that allegedly points to a passion motive, in spite of the fact that investigators have called dozens of reporters and people from the press to testify in Xalapa,” reported the magazine Proceso.

According to Proceso, the majority of journalists that have testified about the crime complained about the long hours of interrogation, and the less than orthodox methods for investigating the personal and professional circumstances of the journalist who was found dead in her home on April 28.

Veracruz, considered one of the 10 most dangerous places in the world for journalists, is located on the eastern coast of Mexico, the most dangerous country for the press in the Americas.

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.