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Mexico: Protesters rally over deaths of journalists

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Mexican journalists gather around pictures of colleagues who have been murdered as they protest the recent killings of journalists, in Veracruz, Mexico, January 25, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

Mexican protesters have taken to the streets in more than a dozen cities across the country to protest the recent killings of three journalists.

Journalists, reporters, and supporters gathered in protest in front of the Interior Department headquarters in Mexico City. Some held candles in silent vigil, others signs demanding a halt to the killings, and saying “I am outraged by silence.” Photos of murdered journalists were projected onto the building’s facade. Journalists chanted “Justice!” and “You are not alone!”

On the grounds outside the National Palace, which was decorated with flowers and small signs reading “Press, don’t shoot!,” news photographers laid down their cameras and demonstrated.

Rallies were also staged in other cities in the states of Veracruz, San Luis Potosí, Durango, and Nayarit.

The protesters held signs reading, “Stop the Killing of Journalists, Not One More Death,” “Not one more journalist killed,” and “The Truth can’t be killed.”

Photojournalist Margarito Martínez was gunned down outside his home and journalist Lourdes Maldonado Lopez was found shot to death inside her car, both in Tijuana, on Jan. 17 and on Jan. 23, respectively, while journalist Jose Luis Gamboa was killed in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz on Jan. 10.

Mexico’s Interior Undersecretary Alejandro Encinas said recently that despite the government’s efforts to protect the journalists, more than 90 percent of their murders remain unresolved.

Laura Sanchez, a journalist from Baja California living in Mexico City, recounted some of the journalist murders in the border town of Tijuana over the years. Sanchez explained that Martinez was killed in the middle of the day and Maldonado during the evening in Tijuana’s most populous neighborhood.

She ridiculed the government’s failed efforts to protect journalists, claiming the police officials responsible for their protection were corrupt.

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