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Mexican journalists start protests in 28 cities over the killings of their colleagues

The planned protests came after the assassination of experienced journalist Lourdes Maldonado on Sunday, three years after she questioned the assassination of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and said she feared for her life.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, with 145 killed between 2000 and 2021. Mexican journalists’ associations have called for protests to be supported by online protest campaigns.

“There is an urgent need for the state and federal authorities to prevent attacks, to protect the journalists who are the victims, and to properly investigate crimes against the media,” the Article 19 NGO said.

The murder of Lourdes Maldonado in the northern city of Tijuana, where she worked as a journalist for years, followed the previous killings of two other Mexican journalists this month.

Lopez Obrador, who has come under fire for failing to do enough to protect journalists, said the government would investigate and clear up the crime to prevent further killings of journalists.

His critics say Lopez Obrador has failed to deliver on his promises to reduce violence, fight deep-rooted organized crime or reduce impunity. The Mexican president acknowledged that crime and violence are products of the country’s chronic corruption and inequality.

The European Union (EU) has expressed concern over the lack of results from open investigations into the killings of journalists. Brussels has again called on Mexico to do everything it can to protect journalists. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also reacted, saying the UN was calling on Mexican authorities to step up protection for journalists.

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