VERACRUZ, Mexico – A journalist was kidnapped on Wednesday in Boca del Rio, a city in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, hours after another reporter was murdered in Tabasco state, officials said.
Marcos Miranda Cogco was stopped by armed men and abducted in the Veracruz-Boca del Rio tourist and port area, the Veracruz state Public Safety Secretariat said.
Miranda, who is known as “Marmiko” and runs the Noticias a Tiempo website, was kidnapped in the Casas Tamsa district of Boca del Rio, the secretariat said.
Eyewitnesses told police that several subjects stopped the journalist as he was driving through the area.
“Just a few moments ago, Mr. Marmiko was grabbed by several subjects as he was leaving his house. We, his family, will hold Mr. Gov. Cuitlahuac Garcia responsible for anything that might happen to him,” Noticias a Tiempo said on social media.
The Public Safety Secretariat said state police and marines were searching for the kidnapped journalist.
Veracruz is considered one of the most dangerous states for journalists in Mexico.
On Tuesday, in Huimanguillo, a city in the southeastern state of Tabasco, journalist Norma Sarabia was gunned down.
Sarabia, a correspondent for the Tabasco Hoy newspaper, was attacked by gunmen riding a motorcycle outside her house, officials said.
“There were two subjects on a motorcycle, they called her by name, she went outside and they murdered her at the entrance to her house,” Huimanguillo city clerk Arturo Gonzales told EFE.
Tabasco Hoy confirmed the killing of its correspondent in a statement posted on social media.
The newspaper’s editorial director, Hector Tapia, told EFE that Sarabia had expressed concern about her safety due to her reporting on Chontalpa, a region controlled by drug and fuel traffickers.
With Sarabia’s murder, a total of 10 journalists have been killed in Mexico since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on Dec. 1.
During President Enrique Peńa Nieto’s 2012-2018 administration, 47 journalists were murdered, of whom nine were killed in 2018, and 2,347 acts of aggression were reported against members of the media.