CDMX Mayor Offers Solidarity, Protection to Threatened News Editor

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum. Photo: Google


Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum vowed moral support and police security Saturday, Nov. 27, for El Universal newspaper editor Francisco Reséndiz, who was threatened with bodily harm earlier that day by two men who boxed in his car when he was driving.

“We strive every day to make our city a space of freedom of expression and security for journalists,” Sheinbaum tweeted on learning of the assault.

Reséndez spoke about the incident on his social media, saying that the men threatened to kill him if you did not tone down his political rhetoric in his writings.

Sheinbaum said that Mexico City authorities are already aware of the incident and are investigating its authors, adding that the capital government will provide security protection to Reséndez to ensure that he is allowed to continue his freedom of expression without hinderance.

Notwithstanding, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), to whose leftist National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party Sheinbaum belongs, has consistently disparaged the media in general and El Universal newspaper specifically, accusing its writers of being corrupt and mal-intentioned.

Since when AMLO took office in December 2018 through September of this year, a total of 47 journalists have been assassinated in Mexico for doing their jobs.

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