Flere tusen mennesker samlet seg i sentrum av Mexico for å protestere og markere drapet på journalisten Ruben Espinosa, den syvende som er drept hittil i år.

In this June 26, 2015 photo, Mexican photojournalist Ruben Espinosa speaks during an interview in Mexico City. Espinosa had recently gone into self-exile from the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, where he felt under threat, according to Proceso magazine. His family had lost contact with him on Friday and by Saturday the free speech advocacy group Article 19 had called on Mexican authorities to activate the protocols for locating a missing journalist. Espinosa was  found slain, along with four other people early Saturday in an apartment in Mexico City, according to the magazine. (AP Photo/Luis Barron)

The bodies of Ruben Espinosa, who worked for the prominent magazine Proceso, and four other people were found bound and tortured in an apartment in the Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City, according to news reports.

Mr. Espinosa often covered politics in Veracruz, a state in southeast Mexico known to be a hostile place for journalists, and he spoke out against the harassment of fellow journalists.

Of the seven journalists killed in 2015, four worked in Veracruz. Since 2010, 13 journalists have been killed there in the tenure of Gov. Javier Duarte, of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, according to Article 19, a media rights group. In all, 41 journalists have been killed since 2010.

Det er drept mange journalister i Mexico de senere år og nesten ingen av drapene er oppklart. Myndighetene er raske med å si at drapene ikke har noe med deres yrke å gjøre.

But when dealing with slayings of journalists, authorities in Mexico historically have been quick to discard their work as a motive, though the country is the most dangerous in Latin America for reporters. Some 90 percent of journalist murders in Mexico since 1992 have gone unpunished, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

«What’s particularly pernicious is that violence against the press is violence against society,» said Dario Ramirez, director of the Article 19 free press advocacy group. «There are many places in the country where silence paves the road so that organized crime, corruption, everything that destroys a society can continue in a manner without … setbacks or obstacles.»