Humberto Millán Salazar

Beats Covered:
Local or Foreign:

Millán’s body was found in a field in the state of Sinaloa
on the outskirts of the state capital, Culiacán, with a gunshot wound in the
head. He had been abducted a day earlier by men in two SUVs who intercepted him
on his way to work.

Millán was the host of a show on Radio Fórmula and ran and
wrote a column for the news website A
. The violent Sinaloa cartel was dominant in the area, but local
journalists said it was more likely that the journalist was murdered because of
his coverage of local politics. Berzahi Osuna Enciso, a colleague at the radio
station, told CPJ that Millán’s killers would likely be found among his
political enemies.

On September 2, Millán’s family members submitted a CD to
authorities that they said the journalist had left in a safe with instructions
to publicize if anything happened to him, local press reports said. Investigators did not
disclose the contents of the CD.