TEZONAPA, VERACRUZ - On September 9, the body of 41-year-old Julio Valdivia, a reporter for the newspaper El Mundo de Veracruz, was discovered on a train track. His head had been severed from his body.
Of course, such grisly murders are a common occurrence in Mexico, and journalists who dare to report on the drug cartels have been heavily targeted.
He is the fifth journalist killed in Mexico this year, according media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, which urged the authorities to investigate whether the 41-year-old was murdered because of his work.
More than 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, with only a fraction of those crimes resulting in convictions.
In 2019, ten journalists were murdered in Mexico, making it the world's most dangerous country for reporters.
The area in which Valdivia's remains were found has become a hot bed in recent years, for turf wars between several rival criminal gangs, aligned with various cartels.