Second Mexican Journalist Gunned Down in Tijuana in Less Than a Week, Third Killed This Year

Authorities found a journalist shot to death inside her car on Jan. 23 in the northern Mexican border city of Tijuana, the second journalist killed in less than a week and the third this year.

According to the Baja California state prosecutor’s office, Lourdes Maldonado Lopez was gunned down in her car outside her home at about 6:20 p.m. local time.

The killing came six days after the murder of photojournalist Margarito Martinez, who was fatally shot outside his home in Tijuana.

A week earlier, Jose Luis Gamboa, another journalist, was fatally stabbed in Veracruz state.

Maldonado had worked for several media outlets, including Mexico’s biggest network Televisa and Primer Sistema de Noticias (PSN).

In 2019, Maldonado told Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at a press conference, “I fear for my life.”

Maldonado had asked for Lopez Obrador’s help and labor justice because she had been locked in a years-long labor dispute with Jaime Bonilla, who owned PSN and was the governor of Baja California from 2019 to 2021.

Maldonado had said that she had not been paid wages due to her and had sued the company for unfair dismissal.

Last week, Maldonado announced that she had won the lawsuit against Bonilla and PSN.

There is no suggestion that Maldonado’s killing is linked to the labor dispute.

Authorities are still investigating the Maldonado’s killing.

“I deeply regret the murder of journalist Lourdes Maldonado Lopez… All life is sacred. The murder of Lourdes Maldonado is covered because the journalists are dedicated to the search for the truth,” Baja California Governor Marina del Pilar said.

“We are going to put all the strength of the state in doing justice,” del Pilar added.

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