Hundreds of protesters in the Mexican state of Veracruz have marked the anniversary of the death of a journalist they claim was murdered because of her work.
Regina Martinez often wrote about drug trafficking and alleged links with the Mexican authorities .
Local police claim she was just the victim of a robbery but her supporters dispute this along with the deaths of several other journalists.
Daniela Pastrana, who works for an organisation representing journalists said that no one was convinced by the police investigation into Martinez’s death.“This investigation doesn’t convince anybody, an investigation which, if we’re going to investigate everything like this, nobody would be punished… There’s virtually 98 per cent impunity. It’s incredible the way in which they carried out the investigation and presented the results to us.”
Attacks on journalists in Veracruz have become all too common in the state which is plagued by clashes among powerful drug cartels.
The issue has become so serious Mexico’s congress has just passed a bill making a federal investigation mandatory into assaults on reporters.