AMLO orders a “thorough” investigation of the murder of journalist Lourdes Maldonado in Tijuana

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, gave instructions to investigate "thoroughly" the murder of journalist Lourdes Maldonado, which occurred last Sunday in the border city of Tijuana, Baja California.

"In the case of the partner who was murdered in Tijuana, I have already given instructions because we are going to carry out a thorough investigation," said the president during his morning press conference from the National Palace.

The reporter was murdered last Sunday next to her house three years after she attended the president's press conference to request support because he feared for his life due to the legal conflict he had with the former governor of Baja California Jaime Bonilla Valdéz, in whose media company, Primer Sistema de Noticias (PSN), Maldonado worked for six years.

López Obrador assured that impunity is not allowed in his government and there are no longer complicity relationships, so “we can investigate and get to the bottom of it, because we are free and in this case we are going to do it and in all cases.”

He affirmed that even with these "regrettable murders, always or almost always" those responsible are arrested.

He added that his opponents have used this type of case to attack his government. and they wanted to generate the idea "in a perverse way" that the journalist was left without protection, but he assured that the crime "really hurts us."

The president exposed a video of Maldonado's participation in 2019 in the morning conference and criticized that his intervention was taken out of context, since he made his complaint and then he was supported and won his award.

"What happen after? Jesús (Ramírez, coordinator of Social Communication for the presidency) attended to her, won her award and last year she requested protection from the Government of Baja California and that protection was granted to her,” she stated.

And he asserted that Maldonado “was not enrolled in the federal government's protection program for journalists”.

However, he said: "We are obliged to clarify this crime and prevent the murders of journalists and citizens from continuing, and that is why we work every day."

The crime of the communicator has caused outrage in the journalistic union, for which various organizations have called for demonstrations in various parts of the country on Tuesday to demand justice for this and other murders and call for an end to impunity.

Maldonado is the second journalist murdered in Tijuana in 2022, after the photojournalist Margarito Martínez, who was shot to death on January 17 when he got into his vehicle at his home in the Camino Verde neighborhood.

What's more, On January 10, the journalist José Luis Gamboa Arenas was murdered in Veracruz., director of the digital media Inforegio, where he disseminated problems of insecurity and politics.

According to the organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF), at least seven journalists were murdered in Mexico in 2021, making it "the deadliest in the world for the press."

Mexico ranks 143rd out of 180 countries in RSF's 2021 World Press Freedom Index.

With information from Eph.

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