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Two Mexican journalists were murdered before they celebrated Mother’s Day, one of them leaving her children orphaned. They were murdered in Veracruz, a state that has become the most dangerous for the press. Yesenia Mollinedo Falconi and Sheila García Olivera, director and reporter for the portal El Veraz, respectively. An armed commando shot them when they were in a car, in front of a mini-supermarket, as confirmed by the State Prosecutor’s Office. A reporter arrived at the scene of the crime to report the events, he almost burst into tears when talking about his companions, the emotional video with his narration went viral on the internet.
“They were murdered for telling the truth (…) cowardice hides behind tinted windows, weapons and hooded people (…) It hits us, it hits the media, today it was the turn of a comrade (…) There they are to the state police doing nothing to arrest or reach the culprits,” said the reporter on the verge of tears and between sobs.
The double homicide was recorded in the municipality of Cosoleacaque, in the state of Veracruz, in broad daylight, according to the State Prosecutor’s Office in a statement: “The State Attorney General’s Office reports that an investigation folder was started, given the unfortunate events in those who lost their lives the director of the portal El Veraz, Yessenia Mollinedo Falconi and the reporter Sheila Johana García Olivera, in the municipality of Cosoleacaque”.
According to the organization Article 19, since the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, took power on December 1, 2018, there have been 1,945 attacks against journalists; including 33 homicides, 9 of these so far in 2022. Which represents 85% more than in the first three years of his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto.