Journalist killed in Mexico, the first with López Obrador as president

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Journalist killed in Mexico, the first with López Obrador as president Photograph donated today by colleagues of journalist Jesús Alejandro Márquez Jiménez, murdered in the state of Nayarit (Mexico). EFE / ONLY EDITORIAL USE

The new president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, reported today that he has agreed with his security cabinet to maintain the protection of journalists and social activists, when responding to a question about the first journalist killed during his administration, which began on December 1.

At a press conference held at the National Palace after a meeting with his security collaborators, the president was questioned about the murder of journalist Jesús Alejandro Márquez Jiménez in the western state of Nayarit.

The president replied that the agreement reached at the meeting this morning is “to keep the protection of threatened persons, in particular journalists.”
“As you know, it was decided to remove escorts from officials, including former presidents, but today it was agreed to maintain vigilance, protection, journalists and social activists, people who are threatened, that’s the agreement we have,” he said.

He said that his cabinet will be watching information about the murdered journalist, adding that he will travel to Tepic, capital of Nayarit, on Friday.

On Sunday, the body of journalist Jesús Alejandro Márquez Jiménez, who had been found in a cane field in the municipality of Xalisco, Nayarit, was identified.

According to local media, the body had a bullet impact to the nape of the neck. So far the state authorities have not divulged details about the crime or the possible reasons for it. (EFEUSA) .-

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