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27-year-old Francisco Romero was shot dead outside a bar in Playa del Carmen. His colleagues remember his coverage of the crime beat in this resort town. After Romero was kidnapped in 2018 and his Facebook page was hacked, he sued the responsible parties, including the Mayor of Playa del Carmen.  After this happened, independent reporters expressed their fear of continuing their work. In this context of extreme violence, journalists have become a new target in Playa del Carmen, where the homicide rate has reached epidemic proportions. https://www.univision.com/univision-news/exclusive-reporter-murdered-in-mexico-video

Being a journalist in Playa del Carmen is a high-risk affair. Authorities couldn’t ensure Francisco Romero’s safety. He was one of the most followed reporters but also, one of the most threatened, which led him to leave the state of Quintana Roo for three months. But six months after he came back he was killed. Her widow, 40-year-old, Veronica Rodriguez, remembered when Romero finally got around to asking her to marry him. She gave us the last interview before leaving the state for security reasons. https://fusion.tv/video/594137/the-5th-journalist-murdered-in-mexico-this-year/?fbclid=IwAR3N8jFiIKf5NrFkvFgqk9ZpNqSu6IjEAQDZAOXnj7xFa17LDZzL0AcX7Bc