Mexico: body of kidnapped journalist found
The body of abducted Mexican journalist José Luis Romero was found on a roadside in Sinaloa Jan. 16. State authorities said he had been dead for two weeks. Romero, abducted Dec. 30 while vacationing in Los Mochis, covered police and crime issues for the radio station Línea Directa de Sinaloa, which said he was kidnapped "for carrying out his work."
Federal authorities say Mexico's narco wars have left 15,000 dead over the past three years. Since 2000, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has documented 59 deaths and eight disappearances of journalists, as well as seven bomb attacks on media outlets. (AFP, Jan. 16)