Mexican journalist killed, 5th in 1½ months

Associated Press
In this undated image released on Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Milenio newspaper, journalist Víctor Manuel Baez Chino poses for a picture in Xalapa, Mexico. Baez, a correspondent for Milenio Xalapa, was found dead on June 14, 2012 in downtown Xalapa one day after he was kidnapped, according to Veracruz state authorities. Baez is the fifth journalist to be killed in just over a month in Veracruz, one of the states most affected by drug violence amid a battle between the Zetas cartel and a group allied with the Sinaloa cartel. (AP Photo/Newspaper Milenio)
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In this undated image released on Thursday, June 14, 2012 by Milenio newspaper, journalist Víctor Manuel …

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican Zeta drug cartel kidnapped and killed a journalist for a newspaper in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said Thursday.

Reporter Victor Manuel Baez Chino covered the crime beat in Xalapa, the state's capital, for the local edition of the national newspaper Milenio as well as for a news website called Police Reporters.

Veracruz state spokeswoman Gina Dominguez said Baez Chino was reported kidnapped outside the offices of the website in Xalapa as he left work late Wednesday. His body was found dumped on a street in the city early Thursday.

Authorities said a note was attached to Baez Chino's corpse signed by the Zetas.

"This is what happens to those who betray us and be clever, Sincerely the Zetas," the letter reportedly said.

Baez was the fifth journalist to be slain this year in Veracruz, one of the states most affected by drug trafficking violence as the Zetas battle with their rivals, the Gulf cartel.

Since 2000, 81 journalists have been killed and 16 kidnapped in the drug war, the Mexican government's human rights commission says.

The Mexican military announced Thursday that troops early this week captured Gregorio Villanueva Salas, the Zetas' chief of production and distribution of pirated goods to Mexico's border region.

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