Government of the United States expresses its concern over the murder of journalists in Mexico
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Through its embassy in Mexico, the United States government expressed its concern about the murder of journalists in that country.
On Sunday the reporter was murdered in Tijuana Lourdes Maldonado, the third homicide of journalists in Mexican territory in less than a month. On January 17, the independent photojournalist Margarito Martínez suffered a fatal attack also in Tijuana and on January 10, the journalist José Luis Gamboa was murdered in the port of Veracruz, for which the Veracruz State Attorney General’s Office opened an investigation to determine would determine if the homicide was related to his profession.
“Alarmed by the murder of journalist Lourdes Maldonado López, the third homicide of a journalist so far this year. We stand in solidarity with Mexican journalists,” the embassy said in a tweet.
Ambassador Ken Salazar offered his condolences to the families of the journalists and reiterated the support of his government in “the fight against impunity in their cases.”
The UN also joined the condemnation and called on the authorities to “redouble efforts to protect journalists and human rights defenders.”
“Freedom of expression and the work of those who practice journalism are pillars of democracy and human rights,” the organization said.
Meanwhile the former governor of Baja California, Jaime Bonilla, denied having threatened the journalist Lourdes Maldonado.
“The lie lasts while the truth comes, I am calm, I know perfectly well that the Prosecutor’s Office is going to solve this and I think it will solve it quickly. They have all the tools to carry out the investigation and they may not be free to say much, but I think they know more than what they are saying right now,” he said in an interview with Azucena Uresti for Radius Formula.