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Michoacán Journalist Assassinated; Had Previously Denounced Death Threats Against Him

Friday, March 3, 2017 11:04
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Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
On Thursday, journalist Cecilio Pineda Brito was assassinated in Ciudad Altamirano, located in the Tierra Caliente region.  The incident happened around 19:30 hours.
It has been reported that the Cecilio was in a car wash when they opened fire on him.  It should be noted that  Cecilio Poneda worked in the newspaper Despertar del Sur, in the weekly La Voz de Tierra Caliente, as well as collaborating in La Jornada Guerrero and El Universal; he lived in Riva Palacio, Michoacán.
He wrote for the police section.  According to a report, gunmen aboard a motorcycle arrived and fired towards Cecilio who was lying in a hammock in the car wash.
Pineda was seriously injured, however, he died while he was being treated by paramedics who arrived aboard an ambulance.  Previously, through his Facebook account, the journalist had reported that he received death threats from organized crime.
This is not the first time that the reporter for La Voz de Tierra Caliente had suffered from an armed attack.
In September 2015, according to information from the newspaper El Sur de Guerrero, Pineda survived a gunshot attack.
In November of last year, Animal Político released a report from the organization Artículo 19 that indicates that 2016 had been the year with the most murders of journalists in the six years of the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto.

According to data from the organization for the protection of journalists, since the 2000, there have been 96 communicators throughout the country that have been murdered, possibly in relation to their work.


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