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Journalist found dead near Mexican capital

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Mexican journalist Michelle Perez Tadeo, known as Michell Simon, was found dead near Mexico City on February 22, 2022.

A journalist has been found dead near Mexico's capital, adding to the record number of media workers killed in the Latin American country.

Michelle Perez Tadeo, known as Michell Simon, was found dead with signs of violence in Ajusco along the highway leading to Picacho, in the Tlalpan borough, south of Mexico City on Tuesday.

Relatives and friends of the 29-year-old journalist, who was originally from the southern state of Veracruz, had reported her missing last Friday.

Police said they had launched an investigation and there were several theories for her death.

Her apparent murder would make her the sixth media worker to be killed in Mexico this year.

Mexican media workers have expressed their outrage over the frequent killing of journalists.

Mexico's Interior Undersecretary Alejandro Encinas recently revealed that more than 90 percent of the murder cases related to media workers had remained unsolved. Criminal gangs, drug cartels, and corrupt officials who fear journalistic reports are the suspects behind many of the unsolved killings.

Laura Sanchez, a journalist from Baja California living in Mexico City, claims the government's failure to protect journalists is because police officials responsible for their protection are corrupt.

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