Lourdes Maldonado Life story
María Lourdes Maldonado Alconada is a Spanish television journalist and newscaster. She worked for the Spanish national television broadcaster Antena 3 from 2000 to 2017, firstly as a journalist for Antena 3 Noticias and later as Head of Culture and Society.
Mexican journalists shocked with surge in targeted killings
Lourdes Maldonado López had been driving her car with a clear plastic sheet over the rear windscreen for almost a year. The glass had been shattered by a gunman's bullet in March.
" We knew finances were tight, but I had no idea things were that bad, " says Sonia de Anda, bursting into tears at The Memory of her friend's patched-up red Dodge vehicle. " If she had come to us, we might have been able to help. "
Maldonado López was the third of four journalists killed in Mexico in January, in what was The Most violent month for journalists in the country in almost a decade.
Yet neither of them would stop her from being assassinated in her own front garden.
" The government's protection scheme was broken from its very inception, " says Sonia de Anda, who remains an adviser to it despite her misgivings.
" It was designed without any recommendations from journalists. Rather, it was put together Under Pressure from international Human Rights groups to create one, and it was just improvised. They made it up as They Went along. "
It fails to take into account the specific threats against someone such as Maldonado López, who had deep fears for her own life over her entanglements with the former governor of Baja California state, Jaime Bonilla.
So deep were her concerns, in fact, that she took them to The President himself. In 2019, she travelled to Mexico City to confront President Andrés Manuel López Obrador about The Risk she felt she was running over a legal dispute she was in with Mr Bonilla.
Mr Bonilla has denied any involvement with her murder. An investigation into The Crime is under way.
Some journalists were there to cover the murder of one of their own, others were there to grieve. But it has left the entire profession in Mexico in shock.
" Journalists tell The Authorities that they're in trouble, they tell them that they're receiving threats, but more often than not, the response by The Mexican government is simply silence. Nothing is done about it. "
Another Tijuana-based reporter paying his respects, Antonio Maya, is also under The State 's protection scheme.
After suspected cartel members appeared outside his home in an unmarked car, The State gave him an armed bodyguard. During The Day , he is shadowed everywhere he goes by a plainclothes Police Officer with cropped hair and dark sunglasses.
It has had an obvious impact on The Way he carries out his journalism, with fewer trips to Crime Scenes and less time spent pounding The Streets or meeting sources. It is an understandable form of self-censorship.
But Antonio Maya knows that if Mexico's drug cartels want to silence him, there is almost nothing he can do.
" Oh, of course! I'm very aware of that. If they want to kill you, they're going to kill you, " he says with resignation.
After Maldonado López and a photographer, Margarito Martinez, were murdered in Tijuana in the space of a week, President López Obrador went on the offensive.
He blamed The Murders on " neoliberalism" and said " few journalists are carrying out the noble work of informing [the public]".
Many critics say he is indifferent to the extent of The Problem .
Since then, a fourth journalist, Roberto Toledo, has been killed outside his offices in the violent state of Michoacán.
Summarising the anguish of so many Mexican journalists, he added: " We don't carry weapons. We only have a pen and a notebook to defend ourselves. "
Source of news: bbc.com