Sinaloa reporter Omar Camacho found dead
Camacho’s body was found in the evening of March 24 in the village known as “La Escalera”
Camacho was a sports reporter for “Noticieros Altavoz,” a program on local radio station Chávez Radiocast. Camacho also founded and edited Évora Sport, a Facebook page dedicated to sports events in Sinaloa.
“Despite welcome promises by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to improve safety for journalists in Mexico, the apparent killing of Omar Camacho indicates that reporters in the country are still being targeted with alarming frequency,” said Jan-Albert Hootsen, CPJ’s Mexico representative. “Federal and Sinaloa state authorities must assume their responsibilities and identify suspects and the motive behind this heinous crime.”
According to news reports, Camacho’s family lost contact with him on the morning of March 24, after the journalist left his home to cover a baseball game.
Sinaloa state authorities said that the reporter’s body was found near a bridge in town that evening with severe head trauma and injuries likely caused by beatings.
Camacho’s wife, Tania Armenta said that she was unaware of any threats against the reporter’s life or any personal problems that might have provoked an attack.
Sinaloa Attorney General Juan José Ríos Estavillo said that no motive had been determined and that authorities are looking into whether there is any connection to Camacho’s work. He added that state authorities had not yet identified any suspects.