December 7, 2022

A Mexican journalist has been killed and told the president he fears for his life

MEXICO CITY, Jan. 23 (Reuters) – A Mexican journalist who told the president three years ago that he feared for his life was shot dead Sunday, highlighting the second journalist killed in the same area in a week and the state of the country. Extremely dangerous for journalists outside a war zone.

Baja California State Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that Lourdes Maldonado, a local journalist with decades of experience, was shot dead in his car in the Santa Fe area of ​​the bustling border town of Tijuana, south of San Diego, California. .

Asked at his regular morning news conference about the recent journalist assassination, President Andres Manuel Lபpez Obrador promised a full investigation.

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“What happened is very unfortunate,” Lopez Obrador said, adding that investigators still need to determine a motive and evaluate any possible involvement in the labor dispute involving Moldonado.

Moldonado appeared at the 2019 morning news conference of Lopez Obrador, who begged for help because he feared for his life.

One source familiar with the case is Moldonado, who is enlisted in the State Security Agency for Journalists, which had some police surveillance at his home.

From 2000 to 2021, Section 19 of the Human Rights Commission killed 145 journalists in Mexico, with seven deaths last year.

Maldonado’s murder comes less than a week after authorities announced that Mexican photojournalist Margarito Martinez, 49, had been shot in the head outside his home in Tijuana. Maldonado is the third journalist to be killed in Mexico this year.

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Report by Lisbeth Diaz; Written by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Howard Coller

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