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Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said that the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is “misinformed,” after he showed his concern for the “high number” of murdered journalists in Mexico so far this year.
“He is misinformed because otherwise he would be acting in bad faith,” said the president during his morning press conference from the National Palace.
On Tuesday, Blinken posted a message on his official Twitter account where he expressed concern about the crimes of journalists in Mexico.
“The high number of journalists killed in Mexico this year and the ongoing threats they face are concerning. I join those calling for greater accountability and protections for Mexican journalists. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who gave their lives for the truth,” he said.
In this regard, the president said that action is being taken to clarify the murders against journalists. “There is no impunity,” he said.
He added that the Secretary of State’s advisors are “deceiving him or using him, I have no doubt about it.”
According to López Obrador, the Mexican government does not violate human rights or commit crimes against the state and revealed that he instructed the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, to send Blinken a list of all the cases of journalists murdered in Mexico “but we are also going to do it here so that these cases are known”, he pointed out.
Last week, the government of López Obrador presented a report on the investigations into the murders of journalists. However, in recent weeks, the president himself has unleashed a hate campaign against Mexican journalists for revealing alleged corruption schemes about his son.
Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism and five reporters have been murdered so far in 2022, a high number that has shocked the country.
From 2000 to date, the organization Article 19 has documented 150 murders of journalists in Mexico, possibly related to their work. Of the total, 138 are men and 12 are women.
Of these, 47 were registered during the previous term of President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) and 30 in the current term of López Obrador (2018-2024).