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Indigenous rights activist killed in southern Mexico

May 3, 2019 GMT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Press groups condemned Friday the killing of an indigenous rights activist who founded a community radio station in southern Mexico.

Presidential spokesman Jesús Ramírez Cuevas said via Twitter that Telésforo Santiago Enríquez was killed Thursday in San Agustín Loxicha in the state of Oaxaca.

The state prosecutor’s office says Enríquez’s body was found inside a vehicle with gunshot wounds.

“It is especially devastating that an indigenous radio host was killed on the eve of the World Freedom of the Press day,” said Jan Jarab, representative for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico.

The InterAmerican Press Association condemned the killing, calling it the latest example of attacks on journalists.

The journalist advocate group Reporters without Borders said in a statement Friday that Enríquez worked to promote indigenous rights and the Zapotec language through the El Cafetal radio station. It says he was critical of the local government and had been threatened in February.


Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says Enríquez had publicly denounced municipal officials for the alleged diversion of public funds.

Ramírez said the federal government was committed to finding those responsible.