Mexican journalist severely injured in Puebla state

Mexican journalist severely injured in Puebla state

reporter Fredy Morales Salas was attacked at his home in the Mexican state of Puebla
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Journalists hold a late night vigil on August 1, 2015 to protest against the latest murder of a fellow journalist in Veracruz, Mexico. Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, according to CPJ research.(AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

Unknown assailants on August 15, 2017, attacked reporter Fredy Morales Salas at his home in the Venustiano Carranza district in the Mexican state of Puebla, some 80 miles (130km) from the country's capitol, according to local journalists, officials and news reports.
Morales' family told local media the attack occurred around 1 a.m. when two unidentified attackers entered Morales' house, stabbed the journalist dozens of times, beat him, and then fled.
Severely wounded, Morales, 45, was rushed to the hospital after the incident, and is currently in stable condition, according to news reports and CPJ interviews with local journalists.
The assailants' identity and possible motives for the attack are not unclear.
The host of a local radio show, "Enlace Serrano," Morales has regularly commented on current events in the states of Puebla and Veracruz. Several weeks prior to the attack, the journalist had commented on the role violent organized crime groups have played in regional oil theft schemes, according to local newspaper Cambio. A local news website E-Consulta quoted Morales' family refuting the idea that his radio broadcasts about oil theft served as possible provocation for the recent attack.


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