In an open letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, they asked him to detail steps to ensure Mexico shows “transparency and accountability” regarding journalists’ murders.
Two prominent U.S. senators published an open letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking him to “urge the Mexican government to seriously improve efforts to protect journalists.”
Four journalists in Mexico were killed in January, and a fifth was attacked but escaped unharmed in February after the attacker’s gun malfunctioned. Over 50 have been killed since Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in December 2018.
Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida asked the State Department on Tuesday to report on what it is doing to help improve safety for journalists in Mexico.
The two senators also criticized López Obrador’s habit of “consistently disparaging journalists for daring to criticize his administration.” The Mexican president’s news briefings include almost daily harangues against journalists he considers either sold out or “conservatives.”