Mexico’s Government Is Failing Journalists

Less than a month into 2022, three journalists in Mexico have been killed. 

Date: Jan. 30th, 2022

Source: the Organization of World Peace (OWP)

The most recent of these, Lourdes Maldonado López, was shot to death in Tijuana last Sunday, despite enrolling in a police protection program. Journalists across Mexico have taken to the streets to demand the government do more to protect them from these escalating attacks. “This is a new awakening for Mexican journalists,” editor-in-chief of Eje Central Maria Idalia Gómez told the Committee to Protect Journalists. “[W]hen Lourdes was killed… it was just too much.”

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or A.M.L.O., promised a full investigation into the killings. But journalists across Mexico have been quick to note his own hostility to the press. A.M.L.O. often undermines and discredits critical news sources on social media, and, as the New York Times noted, hosts a weekly show called “Who’s who in lies of the week.”

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