US embassy 'dismayed' over violence against journalists in Mexico

By Reuters   February 12, 2022 | 06:28 pm PT
US embassy 'dismayed' over violence against journalists in Mexico
Police officers guard the perimeter of a scene where Heber Lopez, an independent journalist who ran NoticiasWeb, was shot and killed at his recording studio, in Salina Cruz, in Oaxaca state, Mexico February 10, 2022. Photo by Reuters/Stringer
The U.S. authorities on Saturday expressed concern over continued violence against journalists in Mexico, two days after the newest killing of a reporter.

"We’re dismayed by the scenario journalists are dealing with in Mexico," the U.S. embassy in Mexico stated on Twitter, calling the deadly capturing in southern Mexico of journalist Heber Lopez, which was introduced Thursday, a "loathsome" act.

The killing was the newest in what has been one of the crucial violent intervals in current Mexican historical past for media employees.

The embassy stated an intensive investigation to catch these accountable was "important."

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday condemned Lopez’s killing and stated there can be "no impunity" for the perpetrators. His authorities stated two suspects had been arrested, and vowed to unravel the case.

Still, on the similar 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 outstanding broadcaster and one other information outlet revealed a report that detailed the apparently costly life-style loved by one of many president’s sons in Texas.

On Friday, the president gave particulars of what he stated Loret earned in 2021, referring to the journalist as "corrupt" and "mercenary," amongst different adverse descriptions.

Loret hit again, accusing the president of going after him for elevating questions in regards to the son’s earnings, and saying the wage claims had been unsuitable, and had put him in hazard.

The Mexican institute in cost of information safety later stated it will be alert to any criticism filed that argued the revelations constituted a breach of Loret’s rights.

At least 5 journalists or media employees have been killed this yr in Mexico, one of many world’s most harmful nations for the occupation, in response to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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