It also made it clear that the President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Administration is accountable only to Mexicans, in response to Secretary of State Antony Blinken who questioned the US government’s involvement.
Nearly all media and tv channels cited a letter by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on behalf of President López Obrador, responding to Blinken’s accusations asking for “much more responsibility” ahead of recent killings of journalists in Mexico.
Mr. Ebrad pointed out the progress regarding investigations of five journalists assassinated so far in 2022 and six alleged criminals involved in three of these killings were busted.
The inquiries, he added, are conducted in accordance with the Mexican law, both by federal and local authorities.
Mr. Ebrad also said information about killings of journalists have been made public by the Mexican president himself and other federal institutions, while clearing out that as in most of the homicides committed in Mexico, weapons illegally trafficked from the United States were presumably used to kill journalists.
“Mexico condemns and prosecutes murders committed against journalists. In addition to pain and damage caused to family environments, crimes against journalists violate the environment of freedoms and attack the democratic values we firmly believe in,” Mr. Ebrad stated.
On Twitter, Anthony Blinken posted: “The high number of journalists killed in Mexico in 2022 and nonstop threats they face are worrying. I join those calling for greater accountability and protection for Mexican journalists. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who gave their lives for the truth.