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Authorities activated a search operation to seek out the whereabouts of Ricardo Villanueva, a reporter for the newspaper Presente de Poza Rica.
Ricardo Villanueva, a reporter for the newspaper Presente Veracruz, was kidnapped this Monday, April 3, within the municipality of Poza Rica, Veracruz. In response to a press launch from the newspaper, the 27-year-old was taken by armed males from a mechanic’s store the place he was repairing his motorbike within the Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhood.
Minutes earlier than the kidnapping, the reporter had gone to report on an arrest and seizure of stolen gasoline within the La Varita neighborhood of Poza Rica, within the north of Veracruz. In the intervening time, state authorities, headed by the State Fee for the Consideration and Safety of Journalists (CEAPP), are trying to find the sufferer in an air and floor operation.
In response to preliminary studies, Villanueva’s kidnappers had been touring in three automobiles, a white van, a black Suburban and a grey Audi. The armed males allegedly introduced themselves as “ministerial police”, a proven fact that the journalist, who to at the present time continues to be lacking, tried to document.
Diario Presente Veracruz, arrests of reporter and armed assaults
The newspaper Presente Veracruz, which focuses on safety protection within the northern area of the state, has registered assaults in opposition to its reporters, but additionally arrests of two of them for the crime of kidnapping. On June 18, 2021, Enrique L. V. was arrested together with one other man; each stay in custody, accused of getting kidnapped a person whom they allegedly held captive within the Vainilla lodge within the Palma Sola neighborhood of Poza Rica.
Beforehand, on December 14, 2020, Antonio de Jesús “N”, one other reporter of the Presente Veracruz newspaper, was captured within the municipality of Papantla together with 9 different folks for the kidnapping of a sufferer. The offense was dedicated on December 12, 2020 in opposition to a 32-year-old particular person within the municipality of Cazones de Herrera.
On November 21, 2020, one other car of the Presente newspaper was shot at within the Prensa Nacional neighborhood, in entrance of the house of a reporter. The perpetrators fired a number of pictures at one other Tsuru car belonging to the newspaper and allegedly fled on bikes.
In August 2015, the places of work of the newspaper Presente Veracruz had been shot at on 2 de Abril Road within the Manuel Ávila Camacho neighborhood in Poza Rica. The perpetrators additionally burned the newspaper’s automobiles.