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Second journalist in a week killed in Tijuana

Another Mexican journalist was shot to death Sunday night in Tijuana, becoming the second journalist to be killed in the city in less than a week, according to the Baja California state government.

A statement from the Baja California state Attorney General’s office said the journalist, Lourdes Maldonado López, was shot dead in her car in front of her home in the Santa Fe area of Tijuana.

Maldonado, who had decades of experience as a reporter, spoke at a vigil Friday evening honoring the life of photojournalist Margarito Martínez Esquivel, who was shot to death on Monday outside his home in Tijuana.

Maldonado was discovered dead in her car around 7 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release by the state Attorney General’s office.

The news of Maldonado’s death came as another blow to Tijuana’s press guild. Maldonado was the third journalist killed in 2022 in Mexico. Reporter José Luis Gamboa was found stabbed to death in Veracruz earlier in January.

Like Martínez, Maldonado had made it known that she was fearful for her life after receiving threats and had sought government protection. In 2019, she even described receiving death threats to Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at a live news conference.

From 2000 to 2021, human rights group Article 19 has documented 145 murders of journalists in Mexico, with seven deaths last year. The human rights group condemned Maldonado’s death on Sunday night.

Baja California governor Marina del Pilar Ávila tweeted her condolences to Maldonado’s family.

“I want to express my pain with the family of Lourdes and with Baja California journalists. This attack was not only against Lourdes, but against our entire society,” Ávila tweeted.

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