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Journalist murdered in Mexico, sixth this year: governor | Mexico



49-year-old journalist and television news show host, Arturo Alba Medina, was assassinated a few minutes after the end of his programme in Chihuahua state.

A Mexican journalist has been shot dead in crime-ridden Ciudad Juarez near the US border, Chihuahua state governor Javier Corral said on Friday.

Arturo Alba Medina is the sixth journalist to have been murdered this year in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for reporters.

Corral condemned the “cowardly murder” and said he had told prosecutors to ensure the killers are punished.

“Justice will be done,” he wrote on Twitter.

The 49-year-old journalist and television news show host was assassinated a few minutes after the end of his programme on Thursday night, according to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

RSF regularly ranks Mexico alongside war-torn Syria and Afghanistan as well as the Philippines as among the world’s most dangerous countries for the news media.

More than 100 reporters and other media workers have been murdered since 2000 in Mexico, where asking questions about political corruption or powerful drug cartels can be a deadly business.

Only a fraction of those crimes has resulted in convictions.

In early August, another journalist was killed in the state of Guerrero along with a police officer.

In May, gunmen killed the owner of a newspaper and one of the policemen who had been assigned to protect him in northern Sonora state, following earlier threats.

Murders have jumped in Mexico in the last two years, underscoring the challenges President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has faced since taking office in December 2018 with a promise to reduce violence in the country ravaged by notorious drug cartels.

Most of the deaths were linked to fighting between drug gangs.

Obrador has pledged to “care for and protect” journalists.

During his predecessor Enrique Pena Nieto’s tenure, at least 42 journalists were killed while there were about 2,000 attacks on reporters, according to an NGO.

In 2019, 10 journalists were killed in Mexico, according to an RSF count.

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Pirates kill 1, kidnap 15 crew on Turkish ship off West Africa | Asia News



Vessel was sailing from Lagos to Cape Town when it was attacked northwest of Sao Tome and Principe.

Pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors and killing one, and Turkey’s military was planning a rescue operation on Sunday.

Turkey’s Maritime Directorate said the crew initially locked themselves in a safe area but the pirates forced entry after six hours. During the struggle, one crew member on board the M/V Mozart died.

Turkish media identified the victim as engineer Farman Ismayilov of Azerbaijan, the only non-Turkish crew member.

After taking most of the crew on Saturday, the pirates left the ship in the Gulf of Guinea with three sailors on board, state-run Anadolu news agency said. The vessel is currently heading to Gabon’s Port-Gentil.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke twice to the senior officer remaining on the ship, Furkan Yaren, the Turkish presidency said in a tweet. It added Erdogan issued orders for the recovery of the kidnapped crew.

Yaren was cited as saying the pirates beat crew members, and left him with an injured leg while another still aboard the ship had shrapnel wounds.

“The owners and operators of the M/V Mozart, which was hijacked at gunpoint in the Gulf of Guinea, have regretfully confirmed that one of its crew has been killed and others abducted,” Istanbul-based Boden Maritime said in a statement.

Most dangerous sea

The Liberian-flagged Mozart was sailing from Lagos, Nigeria, to Cape Town in South Africa when it was attacked 100 nautical miles (185km) northwest of the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe on Saturday morning.

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke to his Azerbaijani counterpart to offer condolences and said the body of the crew member would be transferred when the Mozart reaches port.

According to reports, the pirates disabled most of the ship’s systems, leaving only the navigation system for the remaining crew to find their way to port.

The Gulf of Guinea – off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon – is the most dangerous sea in the world because of piracy, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

In July 2019, 10 Turkish seamen were kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria. They were released less than a month later.

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