Mexican photojournalist reported missing in northern Veracruz

A Mexican photojournalist from Veracruz, Mexico, has been reported missing for a week, reported the news Agencia Proceso.

The Attorney General of Veracruz confirmed the initiation of an investigation after the disappearance of police photojournalist Miguel Morales Estrada, of the newspaper Diario de Poza Rica, according to Milenio.

On July 19, Morales had asked for leave of absence to resolve personal issues, but his wife said that she had not had contact with him since that date, and so she asked local authorities to investigate his whereabouts, reported El Economista.

In the city where Morales worked, Poza Rica, in northern Veracruz state, newspaper director Raúl Gibb Guerrero was killed on April 8, 2005, reported La Jornada. Also, dozens of reporters fled Veracruz due to threats related to the practice of journalism.

Veracruz is the Mexican state on the eastern coast where nine journalists were killed in the last 18 months, making it the most dangerous place in Mexico for journalism. Mexico is the most dangerous country for journalists in the Americas.

For more information, see this map about attacks against the Mexican press, made by the Knight Center for Journalism 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.