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Kidnapped journalist found dead in Mexico: prosecutor

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Mexico City (AFP)

Police in Mexico found the burned remains of a journalist who was kidnapped in May, the sixth reporter killed this year in the country, a state prosecutor said Monday.

"DNA samples have confirmed that these remains are those of Salvador Adame," said the public prosecutor for the central state of Michoacan, Jose Martin Godoy.

Police and soldiers found the body on June 14 near a highway between the towns of Lombardia and Nueva Italia, Godoy told a news conference.

Adame was the owner of a local television channel.

He was kidnapped on May 19 in Nueva Italia in a region hard hit by Mexico's epidemic of gang violence.

Two days earlier, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto had vowed to strengthen protections for journalists and prosecute those who attack them.

That announcement was in response to the killing of the last victim, award-winning crime reporter Javier Valdez in the northern state of Sinaloa.

Like four other journalists killed in Mexico earlier this year, Valdez had been reporting on powerful drug gangs and government corruption.

Media rights group Reporters Without Borders ranks Mexico as the third most deadly country for journalists in the world, after the warzones of Syria and Afghanistan.

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