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Mexican reporter’s killer gets 50 years

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The murder of Miroslava Breach was one of the few media killings in Mexico since 2000 that has been solved. AFP

Mexican reporter’s killer gets 50 years

A Mexican judge has sentenced the man convicted of ordering the 2017 murder of prominent journalist Miroslava Breach to 50 years imprisonment, a singular judgment in one of the deadliest countries globally for media.

The sentence of Juan Carlos Moreno, also known as “El Larry”, was announced by the state prosecutor’s office on Saturday.

He had been convicted of being the “intellectual author” of Breach’s murder, one of the few such media killings to be solved in the country.

Mexico is regularly rated by journalism watchdog Reporters Without Borders as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

Breach, who covered the country’s drug war, was one of 11 journalists murdered in 2017. More than 100 have been killed since 2000, but 90 per cent of the murders remain unresolved.

Prosecutors said in a statement that the 50-year sentence set a precedent in cases involving crimes against free expression, adding it was the longest sentence to date for such crimes.

Propuesta Civica, a non-governmental organisation that advocates for human rights and free expression, called for further investigations of others involved in Breach’s murder, as well as an inquiry into the “possible involvement of officials of the current government of Chihuahua”.

Breach, a 54-year-old veteran crime and politics reporter for the newspapers La Jornada and Norte de Juarez, was found dead inside her car with gunshot wounds to the head on March 23, 2017, in Chihuahua state.

One of her last stories was on a war between two rival capos in the Juarez drug cartel.

Prosecutors said she was murdered “with premeditation” after being sent intimidating messages meant to impinge on her freedom of expression.

Ramon Zavala, wanted for allegedly being the gunman who actually shot Breach, was himself killed in late 2017 by unidentified assailants.

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