May 11, 2021

Journalist in Mexico seriously injured after being shot



Mexican journalist María Elena Ferral was shot at this Monday in the eastern state of Veracruz and was seriously injured, police sources told Efe.

The reports indicate that it was a direct attack against the correspondent of the Diario de Xalapa, belonging to the Mexican Editorial Organization, one of the most deeply rooted media in the state, and that it was perpetrated in the municipality of Papantla.

According to witnesses, the communicator was walking through the city center to go to her vehicle when she was intercepted by a subject who shot her at least six times from a motorcycle.

Ferral received three bullet wounds: one in the arm, one in the leg and one more in the abdomen, so he was transferred to a hospital in the town where he is in serious condition.

On March 11, the editorial director of the newspaper La Opinión de Poza Rica, Mireya Ulloa Valencia, was attacked with a white weapon, which left her with a slight injury at the doors of her home.

Veracruz, like the country itself, is one of the states in Mexico considered the most dangerous to practice journalism.

According to statistics from the State Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists, 23 journalists have been killed since 2010 in that state.

According to the NGO Article 19, since 2000 131 murders of journalists have been documented in Mexico, while Reporters Without Borders (RSF) affirms that this was the country in the world with the most communicators killed violently in 2019 with 10 cases.

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