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Part-time journalist gunned down in Mexican state home to drug cartels

A part-time Mexican journalist was shot dead in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, home turf for several violent drug gangs, adding to the death toll for the bloodiest year to date for local media workers.

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By Reuters: A part-time Mexican journalist was shot dead in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, home turf for several violent drug gangs, adding to the death toll for the bloodiest year to date for local media workers.

Pedro Pablo Kamul worked as a radio reporter and host at AX Noticias and Es Amor, which confirmed his killing in a social media post on Monday.

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Local lawmaker Luis Chazaro said Kamul was shot dead, while local news outlet Latinus said he was fired upon while driving a taxi and his attackers immediately fled.

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Reuters could not immediately determine if Kamul's death was linked to his journalism.

AX Noticias demanded an official investigation and punishment for those responsible for this "cowardly act" in a Facebook post.

This year is already the deadliest on record for Mexican journalists, according to free-speech organisation Article 19. The group has documented 18 killings and 331 attacks against local journalists in the first eight months of the year.