Two Mexican journalists were killed Monday in the state of Veracruz (east), the state prosecutor’s office announced, clarifying that it is conducting an investigation to determine the motives of the crime.
Jesenia Molinedo, the director of the news website El Veraz, and Ceila Joanna Garcia, a cameraman, were killed in the municipality of Kosoleakake, the prosecutor’s office announced via Twitter. According to Mexican press reports, they were killed by unknown gunmen while inside a parked car.
The killings came just days after veteran journalist Luis Enrique Ramirez, 59, an El Debate columnist, was found wrapped in plastic on a street in Sinaloa (north) last Thursday.
“We will not rule out any possibility” in the context of the investigation to determine the motive of the murders, “including the journalistic activity” of the victims, said prosecutor Veronica Hernandez.
According to activists, the two women practiced in parallel with their journalistic work and other professional activities, due to the precariousness they experienced.
The governor of Veracruz, Quitlawac Garcia, said he was setting up a special unit to locate and arrest the killers.
Impunity is often the norm in the murder of journalists in Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for press workers. At least 150 have been killed in the country since 2000, according to the RSF.
The deaths of the two women make even worse what was already one of the worst reports of casualties among the working class media on an annual basis in recent years.
Prior to yesterday’s deaths, eight media workers had been killed in 2022, according to data collected by the NGO Article 19. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) was counting before yesterday.
Last year, the RSF recorded seven murders of journalists in Mexico, the most in the world. Afghanistan followed with six.
Earlier in the day, journalists protested in central Mexico to demand “an end to violence and the killing of journalists” in the country.