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Police beat reporter for newspaper in southern Mexico shot to death at home by gunman


VERACRUZ, Mexico — A Mexican newspaper says a gunman killed its police beat reporter outside his home in southern Oaxaca state.

The newspaper Buen Tono published a story Tuesday on its website saying reporter Octavio Rojas was shot to death in the town of Cosolapa, where he lived.

Relatives told the newspaper Rojas was shot by a man who entered his home asking to see a car the 35-year-old reporter was selling.

The newspaper is based in the city of Cordoba in Veracruz state. It says Rojas covered police stories and the area along the Veracruz-Oaxaca state line. Rojas was also the spokesman for Cosolapa's city council.

The press freedom group Article 19 says the newspaper has been threatened several times since 2011, including having its offices set on fire by gunmen.

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