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Stockholm: Skyline International strongly condemns the heinous attack on Mexican journalist Luis Martin Sanchez Iniguez. The journalist's lifeless body was discovered in the village of Huachines, in the municipality of Tepic, Nayarit, in western Mexico.

Sanchez Iniguez, a 59-year-old correspondent for La Jornada, had been reported missing by his wife, who filed a missing persons report with Mexican authorities. Tragically, his disappearance ended in the most devastating manner, raising grave concerns about the safety and security of journalists operating in Mexico.

The circumstances surrounding Sanchez Iniguez's death are deeply distressing. The prosecutor's office confirmed that his body displayed signs of violence, and two handwritten notes were found on his person. While the specific content of the messages has not been disclosed, such ominous notes are frequently associated with drug cartels operating in the region.

Skyline International is deeply alarmed by the escalating violence against journalists in Mexico, a trend that has continued to intensify under the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. This tragic incident follows the murders of other courageous La Jornada correspondents, Miroslava Breach and Javier Valdez, in 2017, and reflects a broader wave of aggression targeting media professionals in the country.

President Lopez Obrador's term has witnessed an alarming 85% increase in press-related killings compared to his predecessor. Furthermore, 2022 marked one of the deadliest years for Mexican media workers, with 15 journalists losing their lives. The murder of Luis Martin Sanchez Iniguez, if confirmed by the authorities, will serve as yet another distressing reminder of the dangers faced by journalists in Mexico.

Skyline International calls on the Mexican authorities to conduct a swift, thorough, and impartial investigation into this heinous crime. Those responsible for the attack on Luis Martin Sanchez Iniguez must be identified, apprehended, and brought to justice to send a strong message that violence against journalists will not be tolerated.

As an independent news organization, Skyline International reaffirms its unwavering commitment to defending the freedom of the press and the safety of journalists worldwide. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues in Mexico and urge the international community, human rights organizations, and media watchdogs to join us in condemning this barbaric act and advocating for the protection of journalists in Mexico.