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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews Around the Republic of Mexico | December 2007 

Mexican Reporter Gunned Down
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Mexico City A Mexican journalist was chased and gunned down at a hotel and media rights groups Monday called for an investigation into whether he was killed because of his reporting.

Gerardo Garcia, a 24-year-old reporter for the daily La Opinion in the western state of Michoacan, was shot to death Saturday at the hotel where he lived with his family, said Magdalena Guzman, a spokeswoman for Michoacan state prosecutors.

Investigators recovered more than 45 spent shells from the crime scene, Guzman said.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders issued a statement demanding an investigation into whether Garcia, who covered farming and occasionally crime, was targeted because of his work.

The Miami-based Inter American Press Association, or IAPA, said authorities need to "bring the masterminds and those who carried out the murder to justice, in order to break the vicious cycle of impunity surrounding crimes against journalists."

IAPA also condemned the reported kidnapping of Juan Pablo Solis, the owner of a radio and television station in the city of Tuxpan, also in Michoacan state. The group said local media reported Solis was taken Friday by a group of armed men and that his whereabouts remained unknown.

Michoacan, on Mexico's Pacific coast, has made headlines this year for drug-related violence, as traffickers fight over routes to transport drugs north.



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