The 2022 death toll of Mexican journalists rose to 11 after two more journalists were killed on May 9.
Yessenia Mollinedo Falconi, the director of the weekly publication El Veraz, and Sheila Johana García Olivera, a reporter for the same publication, were murdered in the town of Cosoleacaque in Veracruz state at around 3 p.m. local time, the state attorney general’s office said.
According to reports, the journalists were shot inside their Ford Ikon outside a road convenience store.
“They have despicably and cowardly murdered a fellow reporter,” a local journalist said in a video dispatch from the crime scene where security forces surrounded the area.
The Veracruz Commission for the Care and Protection of Journalists condemned the killings as a “cowardly crime” and urged authorities to use the journalism of Mollinedo and Garcia as “the main line” of the investigation.
The Veracruz attorney general’s office said that “all lines of investigation will be exhausted” including the victims’ journalistic activity.
The killings became the latest in the slaughter of Mexican reporters this year.
In the whole of 2021, seven journalists were killed compared to 11 in the first five months of 2022 in what is the deadliest country for media professionals outside a warzone.
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