A police reporter who had acquired several loss of life threats and turned into beneath authorities protection has been shot to death in the Mexican seaside inn metropolis of Playa del Carmen.

The frame of Francisco Romero changed into located early Thursday morning in the car parking zone of a nightclub; he were called to the region after a news tip. although Romero had four bodyguards, supplied by the authorities to defend him following the recent loss of life threats, he had sent them domestic just hours before his demise.

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The state prosecutor's office has opened a homicide research, pronouncing Romero had filed a grievance on April 12 over threats he had acquired. Romero's spouse, Veronica Rodriguez, confirmed her husband had acquired severa demise threats and said she nonetheless feared for her life.

"The last time wasn't even two weeks ago. They threatened him pronouncing that if he didn't do what they wanted, they have been going to kill me," she instructed the Agence France-Presse. "They stated they knew in which our son studied, that they were going to throw him off a bridge."

Deadliest u . S . A . For newshounds

Romero worked for Quintana Roo Hoy, a local newspaper, and ran a fb-primarily based news website known as Ocurrio Aqui (It befell right here) that covers political troubles and crime.

He had been underneath the reliable protection software for newshounds since 2018, in keeping with journalists without borders, following the homicide of Playa del Carmen reporters in June and July 2018.

"The government have to take formidable selections and deeply reform the national safety mechanism, whose performance has been continuously wondered," said Emmanuel Colombie, Latin the us director for reporters borderless.

Drug trafficking and political corruption has brought about increased violence in Mexico in latest years, and reporters reporting on these problems have frequently been centered.

jsi/cmk (dpa, AFP, AP)