Wednesday, May 18

Demonstrations following the murder of journalists in Mexico

Two journalist killings in particular in Tijuana, which borders the United States, have attracted attention. Crime photographer Margarito Martínez was shot on January 17, while reporter Lourdes Maldonado was shot on January 23.

Dozens of journalists and supporters marched down a main street in the city on Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, photographers set down cameras in front of the National Palace in Mexico City. Flowers and small signs were also placed with “Press, do not shoot!” along with photos of killed journalists.

Inside the palace, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised at his daily press conference that more will be done to hold those behind it accountable.

But there is little reason for optimism. Nearly 50 journalists have been killed in Mexico since December 2018.

The government recently acknowledged that more than 90 percent of the killings of journalists and human rights activists in the country remain unsolved, even though programs have been put in place to protect them.

New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists believes that the proportion of journalist murders in Mexico that remain unsolved is 95 percent.

Demonstrations were also held in the states of Veracruz, San Luis Potosí, Durango and Nayarit, where journalists gathered with posters such as “The truth can not be killed”.

Mexico is the most dangerous country in the western hemisphere for journalists. Several of the journalists who have been killed recently were covered by the government’s protection program.

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