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Kidnapped Mexican journalist freed

Veracruz, Mexico, Jun 13 (efe-epa).- Police action led early Thursday to the liberation of a journalist who had been abducted the day before in Boca del Rio, a suburb of this port city on the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said.

 The Veracruz state Attorney General's Office provided this photo of journalist Marcos Miranda Cogno giving a statement to investigators in Veracruz, Mexico, on Thursday, June 13. EFE/ Fiscalia Del Estado/EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The Veracruz state Attorney General's Office provided this photo of journalist Marcos Miranda Cogno giving a statement to investigators in Veracruz, Mexico, on Thursday, June 13. EFE/ Fiscalia Del Estado/EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Veracruz, Mexico, Jun 13 (efe-epa).- Police action led early Thursday to the liberation of a journalist who had been abducted the day before in Boca del Rio, a suburb of this port city on the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said.

"I am alive, thank God," Marcos Miranda Cogno, known as "Marmiko," said in a video posted on social media.

Miranda, who runs the Noticias a Tiempo website, was kidnapped Wednesday in the Casas Tamsa district of Boca del Rio. Eyewitnesses told police that several armed subjects stopped the journalist as he was driving through the area.

Late Wednesday night, Veracruz state police spotted three suspects in a car with a fourth person tied-up in the rear seat and began a pursuit.

One of the suspects shot at the pursuers and police returned fire.

Shortly before 1.30 am, the suspects eventually abandoned the vehicle on a dirt road in the Santa Fe district of the port and fled into nearby mountains, leaving Miranda behind.

"Thanks to God, to my family, to the hundreds of friends. To my friends and fellow journalists for your support, thanks to my neighbors, relatives, fans, supporters. Thank you to everyone for your prayers," Miranda said in the video.

He also posted on the Noticias a Tiempo site a photo of himself wearing a surgical collar while giving a statement to investigators.

Veracruz Gov. Cuitlahuac Garcia Jimenez hailed the journalist's rescue.

"Moments ago, we managed to liberate journalist Marcos Miranda," the governor wrote on Twitter, stressing that multiple state and federal agencies worked together on the case with support from the Mexican military.

Mexico is regarded as one of the world's most dangerous countries for reporters and Veracruz state is a particularly treacherous environment for media workers.

Miranda's kidnapping came the day after the murder of journalist in the neighboring state of Tabasco.

Norma Sarabia, a correspondent for the Tabasco Hoy newspaper, was attacked by gunmen riding a motorcycle outside her house in the town of Huimanguillo, officials said.

"There were two subjects on a motorcycle, they called her by name, she went outside and they murdered her at the entrance to her house," Huimanguillo city clerk Arturo Gonzales told EFE.

Tabasco Hoy's editorial director, Hector Tapia, told EFE that Sarabia had expressed concern about her safety due to her reporting on Chontalpa, a region controlled by drug and fuel traffickers.

With Sarabia's murder, a total of 10 journalists have been killed in Mexico since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office on Dec. 1.

During President Enrique Peña Nieto's 2012-2018 administration, 47 journalists were murdered and 2,347 acts of aggression were reported against members of the media. EFE

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