U.S. Embassy 'Dismayed' Over Violence Against Journalists in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The U.S. authorities on Saturday expressed concern over continued violence towards journalists in Mexico, two days after the most recent killing of a reporter.

“We’re dismayed by the state of affairs journalists are going through in Mexico,” the U.S. embassy in Mexico mentioned on Twitter, calling the deadly capturing in southern Mexico of journalist Heber Lopez, which was introduced Thursday, a “loathsome” act.

The killing was the most recent in what has been some of the violent intervals in current Mexican historical past for media employees.

The embassy mentioned an intensive investigation to catch these accountable was “important.”

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday condemned Lopez’s killing and mentioned there could be “no impunity” for the perpetrators. His authorities mentioned two suspects had been arrested, and vowed to resolve the case.

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Nonetheless, on the identical information convention Lopez Obrador named the wage of a journalist who has been vital of his authorities.

Lopez Obrador has in current days verbally pilloried Carlos Loret de Mola for the reason that distinguished broadcaster and one other information outlet printed a report that detailed the apparently costly way of life loved by one of many president’s sons in Texas.

On Friday, the president gave particulars of what he mentioned Loret earned in 2021, referring to the journalist as “corrupt” and “mercenary,” amongst different damaging descriptions.

Loret hit again, accusing the president of going after him for elevating questions concerning the son’s revenue, and saying the wage claims had been improper, and had put him in peril.

The Mexican institute answerable for knowledge safety later mentioned it might be alert to any criticism filed that argued the revelations constituted a breach of Loret’s rights.

No less than 5 journalists or media employees have been killed this 12 months in Mexico, one of many world’s most harmful international locations for the occupation, in accordance with the Committee to Shield Journalists.

(Reporting by Dave Graham and Adriana Barrera; Enhancing by Sandra Maler)

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