Journalist’s killers arrested. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that a few days ago, the alleged murderers of journalist Lourdes Maldonado were arrested. López Obrador said that this was a joint achievement of the federal government and the government of Baja California. “We are obliged to ensure that there is justice in the country and that impunity is not allowed. We want to inform you that the people who allegedly murdered Lourdes Maldonado, who murdered her in Tijuana, have already been arrested.”
Maldonado was shot and killed while sitting inside her car in Tijuana. Maldonado’s case was the third murder of a journalist in Mexico in 2022. In 2019, Maldonado requested López Obrador’s help because she feared for her life. Previously, Maldonado worked for the Primer Sistema de Noticias news outlet, owned by former Baja California Gov. Jaime Bonilla. Maldonado had a labor conflict with Bonilla, in which she accused Bonilla of not paying wages. After nine years of litigation, Maldonado won the dispute.
Donovan Carrillo. López Obrador wished success to Mexican Donovan Carrillo, who will compete in the men’s figure skating final at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Thursday. “We send our greetings, our congratulations and our best wishes to Donovan Carrillo. First Mexican in a figure skating final at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.”
Carrillo, who debuted at the Winter Olympics, is the first Mexican Olympic skater in 30 years. His earlier third-place finish put him into the long program for Thursday.
Mexicans Against Corruption. López Obrador said that he will demand that US Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar clarify the financing that the US government provides to the group Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI). “I will once again ask the United States government to tell us why the United States government gives money to the MCCI group?” López Obrador previously had expressed concern about the financing. “It is an act of interventionism that violates our sovereignty, so that is why we are asking them to clarify why. A foreign government cannot give money to political groups from another country; our Constitution forbids it.”
Spain on pause. Given what he considered abuses by Spanish energy companies such as Repsol and Iberdrola, López Obrador proposed that relations between Mexico and Spain be “paused” until they learn “to respect Mexico.” “The pause is, we are going to give ourselves time to respect each other and not be seen as a land of conquest; that is, we want to have good relations with everyone, but we do not want them to rob us,” he said.
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