Mexican journalist found dead in the capital

MEXICO CITY, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Mexican TV host and model Michelle Perez Tadeo, known as Michell Simon, was found dead south of the capital, Mexico City, on Tuesday, authorities said.

The Mexico City attorney general’s office reported that his body was found, wrapped in sheets, by workers fighting a fire on the Picacho-Ajusco highway.

Police conducted inspections and interviews with witnesses at the scene, Ulices police spokeswoman Lara Lopex said on Twitter.

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Authorities, who did not give a cause of death, said they were working on different lines of inquiry.

Relatives and friends of the journalist, originally from the southern state of Veracruz, reported her missing last Friday.

Her apparent murder would make her the sixth media worker to be killed in Mexico this year.

Media protection groups and activists say that criminal groups and drug gangs, as well as corrupt officials, upset by the work of journalists, are believed to have carried out numerous murders. Read more

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday that the number of journalists killed in Mexico this year was concerning.

“I join those calling for greater responsibility and protection for Mexican journalists. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who gave their lives for the truth,” Blinken said in the Twitter post.

Journalists in the northern border town of Tijuana staged protests last week to urge President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to end violence against media workers.

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Reporting by Kylie Madry and Valentine Hilaire; Editing by Robert Birsel

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