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Mexican journalist gunned down in Tijuana, second murder of reporter in one week

Added 01-25-22 06:13:01pm EST - “Lourdes Maldonado L” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Mexican journalist gunned down in Tijuana, second murder of reporter in one week”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Mexican journalist was fatally shot Sunday in Tijuana, the second time a journalist was killed in the city in seven days.

Lourdes Maldonado López personally told President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2019 that she feared for her life as a journalist. She was found shot death inside a car Sunday night.

In April 2021, Maldonado’s car was shot up, and she was offered protection through a government program designed to give journalists access to panic buttons and safe houses.

Maldonado joined the program, but she was not the first person to be killed under its watch. Ten people who took the protection have been murdered in the past five years, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Maldonado covered corruption and politics in Tijuana. She was also involved in a nine-year fight with a previous employer over back pay. That employer, Jaime Bonilla, was governor of Baja California between 2019 and 2021 and is a member of López Obrador’s party.

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