Magazine director, editor son, slain in Mexico

Other News Materials 8 February 2008 00:20 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - The director of the Mexican magazine El Real, a small publication in the state of Mexico, was shot dead Thursday along with his son, apparently after being mistaken for a peasant leader.

Sources at the public prosecutor's office in the state of Mexico told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that the killing was apparently linked to a dispute between peasants rather than to the victims' journalistic activities.

Bonifacio Cruz Santiago was the director of the magazine El Real, published in the towns of Valley of Cuatitlan and Texcoco, neighbouring Mexico City.

According to the radio station Formato 21, Cruz Santiago and his son, Alfonso Cruz Pacheco - editorial manager of the publication - were shot by two people opposite the offices of a former peasant leader of the town of Chimalhuacan. The suspects escaped.

Cruz Santiago died in hospital, while his son died at the site of the attack. Two other people were injured.

According to the public prosecutor's office, Bonifacio Cruz Santiago's vehicle was marked "Press."

Several journalists have been killed in Mexico in recent years, with organized crime considered responsible for most of these killings. According to the organization Reporters Without Borders, Mexico is the second most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist, after Iraq.