(CNN)Another journalist was found dead in Mexico this week -- the fifth this year in the country's somber record of attacks against the press.
Veteran reporter Julio Valdivia was found Wednesday afternoon in Mexico's coastal state of Veracruz, in the municipality of Tezonapa, decapitated near railroad tracks. His blue motorcycle was found only a few yards from his body, according to Córdoba's Diario El Mundo, the newspaper where he worked.
The Veracruz government condemned the killing.
"As we have made clear before, there will be no impunity in this government," it said in a Twitter post Wednesday without providing details of Valdivia's death.
Whether Valdivia was killed for his reporting will be a central question for observers of press freedom and Mexican authorities. Valdivia's journalistic work is "a possible lead to follow" in his murder investigation, Veracruz's Attorney General's office said in a statement Wednesday.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Valdivia covered crime and security in Córdoba, and his career spanned two decades.
In Valdivia's obituary, his colleagues at Diario El Mundo remembered him fondly.
"'Valdivia' is how everyone knew him, always responding with a smile and using his unique phrase that characterized him: 'Let's go, this is urgent,'" they wrote.
Valdivia leaves behind a wife and four children, the youngest just four years old, according to the newspaper.
Valdivia's death marks the fifth murder of a journalist in Mexico this year, according to CPJ, and the second in Veracruz state, making Mexico the deadliest country for journalists in 2020 thus far