“Neither silence nor forgetfulness”: Tijuana and CDMX protested the murder of Lourdes Maldonado

Marches throughout the country for the murder of journalist Lourdes Maldonado (Photo: Twitter/@AndiHSnchez1)

After unveiling the murder of journalist Lourdes Maldonado outside his home, in Tijuana, Baja California, the communication union called for protests in some of the main cities of the country to ask for the attacks against him to stop, as well as to ask for justice for Margarito Martínez and José Luis Gamboa.

One of the first cities to join the protest, in person and on social media, was Campeche who gathered at 12:00 noon (central Mexico time) on the boardwalk of the state capital to demonstrate against the murders of three journalists in less than two weeks.

Among the actions carried out by the attendees, the placement of a black bow around the flagpole, What mourning symbol that communicators live in Mexico, after the recent homicides, as well as the high figures of violence that increase year after year.

In Campeche they placed a black bow on the flagpole in honor of the murdered journalists (Photo: Twitter/@Desinformemonos)
In Campeche they placed a black bow on the flagpole in honor of the murdered journalists (Photo: Twitter/@Desinformemonos)

Similarly, in the municipalities of Córdoba and Orizaba, in Veracruz, they asked for the attacks on freedom of expression to be stopped. In addition, they sent their solidarity with the families of the victims to whom they promised to fight so that the cases do not remain unsolved.

“From this modest space we stand in solidarity with the families of the victims and demand justice together with them. In a democratic country no one should die for their ideas and for exercising their freedom of expression”

With candles and banners, the communicators from Veracruz asked the local and national government ensure freedom of expression, as well as the security to carry out their duties without fear of the violence that has taken the lives of 47 journalists since the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) began.

Also, in the Port of Veracruz dozens of journalists joined the national mobilization and assured that the governor Cuitláhuac García has threatened the press, social leaders and politicians.

With banners, journalists asked President López Obrador to act in favor of justice (Photo: Twitter/@AndiHSnchez1)
With banners, journalists asked President López Obrador to act in favor of justice (Photo: Twitter/@AndiHSnchez1)

While in the federal entity of Oaxaca, the communication guild met at the Freedom of Expression Square, at the monument dedicated to Ricardo Flores Magón. There, the journalists present condemned and demanded justice for the recent murders.

With the canvas that said “No + (more) violence against journalists”, the demonstrators read a petition in which they asked the authorities to create mechanisms that help and provide clarity in the processes to achieve justice for those who have been violated during the development of their work activities.

In Oaxaca they met in the Plazuela de la Libertad de Expresion (Photo: Twitter/@Rocio_Lara89)
In Oaxaca they met in the Plazuela de la Libertad de Expresion (Photo: Twitter/@Rocio_Lara89)

No more impunity for the death of journalists!”, was the main slogan launched by journalists and young students of the communication career who met at the plate of the Historic Center of Queretaro.

While communicators from Playa del Carmen, in Quintana Roo, joined the protest and called for the cessation of widespread violence in the country, especially one that has undermined freedom of expression. Faced with such claims, they asked the Government of Mexico to guarantee the free exercise of the profession.

Young communication and journalism students joined the demonstrations in Querétaro (Photo: Twitter/@PdPagina/@A_Ruiz9)
Young communication and journalism students joined the demonstrations in Querétaro (Photo: Twitter/@PdPagina/@A_Ruiz9)

Meanwhile, in the state of Puebla a protest was also held to ask that do not continue to increase the number of journalists killed in the country. Those present gathered outside the cathedral of the entity’s capital.

The journalists of Hidalgo gathered in Plaza Juárez, in the capital Pachuca, to observe a minute of silence for the three journalists who have died so far in 2022, as well as the hundreds who have joined for decades.

While in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, the members of six associations of communicators gathered in the Plaza at the Monument of the Journalist to join the national outrage that the loss of life has caused.

“We join the sorrow that seizes her family (of Lourdes Maldonado), friends and the journalistic union, for the foregoing, the undersigned journalists’ associations express our strongest protest and ask the federal government to the authorities of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for the care of crimes committed against freedom of expression and the authorities”

"No more journalists killed", the slogan that was replicated in Puebla (Photo: Twitter/@PoderNoticiaPue)
“No more murdered journalists”, the slogan that was replicated in Puebla (Photo: Twitter/@PoderNoticiaPue)

It should be remembered that the mobilization began this Tuesday, January 25, from the early hours of the day, at outside the National Palace, in Mexico City, photographers gathered to protest against impunity that has marked the crimes against the press.

In addition, with images printed on sheets that the attendees pasted on the rules that prevent access to the room where the Mexican president is, also they demanded protection for the guild Throughout the national territory.

Reporters demonstrate outside the National Palace after the murder of Lourdes Maldonado (Photo: Twitter/@danielojedaju)
Reporters demonstrate outside the National Palace after the murder of Lourdes Maldonado (Photo: Twitter/@danielojedaju)

In Jalisco Around 200 journalists also gathered to ask that the persecution against the work of journalists not continue and that freedom of expression be guaranteed throughout the country. Under the motto “mtying up journalists does not kill the truth”, those present gathered in the Plaza de Armas in Guadalajara.

Toluca, capital of the State of Mexico, was also present at the protests this day at the entrance to the Government Palace, protesting against the murder that took place last Sunday; however, they also demanded justice for the comrades who have lost their lives in the entity.

In Tijuana, the city where Lourdes Maldonado and Margarito Martínez were murdered, citizens also came out to protest (Photo: Twitter/@losangelespress)
In Tijuana, the city where Lourdes Maldonado and Margarito Martínez were murdered, citizens also came out to protest (Photo: Twitter/@losangelespress)

In the entity where the events took place, Baja California, journalists and citizens joined the mobilization in Tijuana in favor of journalistic work in Mexico, as well as to demand justice for Lourdes Maldonado and photojournalist Margarito Martínez.

Those present at the demonstration took advantage of the meeting to denounce the violence they have suffered when exercising the profession in the entity. In addition, they pointed out that, more than a week after the first murder and three days after the second, those responsible have still not been found and no progress has been made in the corresponding investigations.

Given the demonstrations in the entity, the Attorney General of the State of Baja California assured that the local authorities have the support of the federal government to work on clarifying the recent homicides, for which a specialized investigation team has been created.

Meanwhile, sharp at 18:00 hrs (local time) a silent march began by the members of the communication union. With banners calling for justice, from the center of the city to the offices of the Attorney General of the Republic, the protesters demanded an environment of peace and that the government leave behind “the demagogic discourse” to clarify the cases that have shaken society. .

More than 200 national and international media gathered at CDMX to cover the news (Photo: Twitter/@SGarciaSoto)
More than 200 national and international media gathered at CDMX to cover the news (Photo: Twitter/@SGarciaSoto)

At 8:00 p.m. (Central Mexico time), journalists, activists and some citizens gathered in the vicinity of the facilities of the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) to demand that the attacks against the press be stopped.

With candles, photographs of the murdered comrades placed on a clothesline and banners was that the journalistic union of the country’s capital asked the government of President Andrés Manuel to guarantee security and freedom of expression, elements that, they said, are key to carrying out the work.

“It is incredible to see that thousands and thousands of colleagues feel in the same risk situation as us. In Tijuana we are in a situation that we never thought we would experience, Two of our comrades have been murdered in a week”, expressed the journalist Inés García Ramos through a telephone call that was reproduced at the rally.

"Justice!", the cry that united the protesters in CDMX (Photo: REUTERS / Mahe Elipe)
“Justice!”, the cry that united the protesters in CDMX (Photo: REUTERS / Mahe Elipe)

In the congregation, those present read a statement written by around 300 journalists and that, so far, has collected more than 35 thousand signatures in solidarity. In said document, concern was expressed about the violence that exists in the country, especially by international organizations such as the UN.

“We journalists demonstrate in different latitudes to demand justice. As journalists we are convinced that our work is essential for society, it is important to guarantee freedom of expression and access to information, which is a public good, even if the government sees us as enemies of the State”

Those present, represented by Laura Sánchez at the microphone, promised to continue pressuring the authorities so that Tijuana ceases to be “no man’s land”.

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