Skip to main content

Mexican crime reporter found killed in Sonora state

By the CNN Wire Staff
May 21, 2012 -- Updated 1556 GMT (2356 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Marco Antonio Avila Garcia, 39, had been abducted Thursday from a car wash
  • His body was found Friday in a plastic bag
  • It bore signs of torture and a message related to drug trafficking

(CNN) -- The body of a crime reporter who had been abducted Thursday in northwest Sonora State was found Friday inside a plastic bag south of Sonora, Notimex reported.

Marco Antonio Avila Garcia's body, which bore signs of torture and carried a message related to drug trafficking, was discovered south of the municipality of Guyamas, the state-run news agency said, citing Jose Larrinaga, a spokesman for the district attorney.

Avila Garcia, 39, covered the public security beat for the daily El Regional de Sonora and Diario de Sonora in the municipality of Cajeme. Three armed, hooded men had kidnapped him from a carwash, Larrinaga said.

The National Human Rights Commission condemned the killing.

Dangerous work for journalists in Mexico

Commission President Raul Plascencia Villanueva called for an official investigation and that those responsible be punished "and sent a clear message that there will be no tolerance for those who commit crimes against journalists."

The Committee to Protect Journalists said it had tallied more than 45 journalists who have been killed or disappeared in Mexico since 2006.

"We call on the Mexican authorities to do everything in their power to locate Marcos Avila Garcia and bring him back to safety," said Joel Simon, CPJ's executive director.

Early this month, the dismembered bodies of two newspaper photographers, the girlfriend of one of them and a retired newspaper photographer were found inside plastic bags in Mexico's eastern state of Veracruz.

In its report on a survey of political rights and civil liberties, "Freedom of the Press 2012," Freedom House described Mexico as "not free."

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
February 24, 2014 -- Updated 2303 GMT (0703 HKT)
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman had an assault rifle handy when authorities raided his beachside hideaway, but he never opened fire.
March 11, 2014 -- Updated 1338 GMT (2138 HKT)
It sounded like a major victory when authorities gunned down Nazario Moreno Gonzalez. But there's a catch. He was supposed to be dead already.
Suspected cartel chief Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, aka X-20, was caught near Texas with thousands in cash, said Mexico's government.
Just days after drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero was released from prison, the Mexican government now wants him locked up again.
Two men reveal how they became teen killers for a drug lord, spreading fear on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.
January 20, 2012 -- Updated 1403 GMT (2203 HKT)
There's the barrage of horror flick headlines every week, but the Mexican drug war, at its core, is about two numbers: 48,000 and 39 billion.
January 16, 2012 -- Updated 1704 GMT (0104 HKT)
The death toll of Mexico's drug war grabs global attention, but forced disappearances are also a troubling problem that Mexico faces.
January 17, 2012 -- Updated 2002 GMT (0402 HKT)
Once dogged by a crime-ridden reputation, Mexico's capital has become a refuge. But in Mexico's drug war, are there any sanctuaries?
February 16, 2012 -- Updated 1742 GMT (0142 HKT)
Mexico has landed some hard punches against the drug cartels that have stirred violence in parts of the country -- at least on paper.
January 19, 2012 -- Updated 1902 GMT (0302 HKT)
At least 30,000 children in Mexico are involved in some sort of organized crime, according to an alliance of civic and social groups.
Photographer Shaul Schwarz has been documenting the violence in Juarez through images since 2008.
January 25, 2012 -- Updated 0136 GMT (0936 HKT)
Drug cartels in Mexico have found a way around border security by using special pass holders as their unwitting drug mules, officials found.
January 19, 2012 -- Updated 0018 GMT (0818 HKT)
Jorge Salcedo, an ex-member of the Cali drug cartel, writes about life inside the group: "Corruption is the oxygen that keeps organized crime alive."
January 19, 2012 -- Updated 0016 GMT (0816 HKT)
Opinion: Violence in Mexico has obscured one bright spot in Latin America's struggle with drug gangs: Colombia.
January 19, 2012 -- Updated 1353 GMT (2153 HKT)
Mexico's not the only country south of the U.S. border with a growing drug problem.
June 12, 2012 -- Updated 1347 GMT (2147 HKT)
In suburbs and small towns across the U.S., police are increasingly finding drugs, guns and money they can trace to Mexican cartels.
June 10, 2012 -- Updated 1644 GMT (0044 HKT)
A New Mexico town struggles for survival and redemption after its mayor, police chief and village trustee sold out, running guns to cartels.
Follow the latest news, features and analysis from a Mexico perspective and in Spanish at CNNMexico.com
ADVERTISEMENT