Revealed: murdered journalist’s number selected by Mexican NSO client

On 2 March 2017, Cecilio Pineda Birto made a broadcast about alleged corruption. Hours later he was dead

The hitmen came for Cecilio Pineda Birto as he swung in a hammock at a carwash, waiting for his pickup to be cleaned.

The 38-year-old freelance reporter was shot dead on 2 March 2017 in Ciudad Altamirano, a town in the southern Mexican region of Tierra Caliente – a battleground for rival organised crime factions.

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