Mexico arrests suspected perpetrators of journalist’s murder

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has arrested the suspected perpetrators of the murder of journalist Lourdes Maldonado, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday, following the killing of four media workers this year.

“We are working, they are not forgotten,” Lopez Obrador told a press conference, during which his team presented photographs and maps showing the whereabouts of the alleged perpetrators.

Rosa Icela Rodriguez, head of the Citizen Security and Protection Law Enforcement Agency, confirmed the arrest of three people linked to the crime.

Neither López Obrador nor his security team gave details of their identity or motivation.

Maldonado, 68, was shot outside her home in the border town of Tijuana on January 23. Three years earlier, she had raised the issue of the murders of journalists with López Obrador at a press conference and said she feared for her life.

Since the beginning of the year, three other journalists have been killed: José Gamboa in the eastern state of Veracruz, Margarito Martínez in Tijuana and Roberto Toledo in the western state of Michoacan. country.

Activists say criminal groups and drug gangs, as well as corrupt officials, are believed to have carried out many murders of journalists in Mexico.

U.S. lawmakers have urged Mexico to step up protections for journalists and slammed the president for publicly calling out critics of his government in the media on Tuesday.

Senators Tim Kaine and Marco Rubio called on the Biden administration in a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to play a bigger role in pushing the Mexican government for stronger action.

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