MEXICO CITY, February 23, according to reports, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday afternoon. He expressed his concern about a string of journalist killings in Mexico, declaring that Blinken was misinformed.
Blinken, who appeared in a Twitter post on Tuesday, said he joined "those who are calling for greater accountability and protections for Mexican journalists."
"What he says is not true," Lopez Obrador said at a regular press conference. "Of course, it's very regrettable that there are murders of journalists.... In all instances, we're doing something about it, there is no impunity, these are not state crimes."
This year, a string of Mexican journalists were murdered, causing US lawmakers to force Mexico to increase protections.
"The high number of journalists murdered in Mexico this year, as well as the ongoing threats they face," Blinken said in his Twitter post.
"My heart goes to the loved ones of those who gave their lives for the truth," said Blinken.
According to human rights organization Article 19, about 145 journalists were murdered in Mexico from 2000 to 2021, making it one of the world's deadliest countries for those involved in such work.
"He is misinformed," Lopez Obrador said of his actions in bad faith. He on Monday urged the United States to stop funding groups in Mexico, which he believes are crucial to his administration.
Lopez Obrador described financial assistance as a "shame" and a violation of Mexico's sovereignty.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard shared on Twitter a letter he received to Blinken, highlighting illegal firearms from the United States, he claimed. The weapons he used would be used in the assassination of journalists.
"We have a mechanism for collaboration and dialogue between Mexico and the United States," Ebrard said of the letter. On various topics of interest, such as the illicit trafficking of firearms, which is used in most of the homicides committed in Mexico, and that was likely to be used against journalists."
Mexican government filed a lawsuit last year against several American arms manufacturers, alleging that their practices in the United States were encouraging illegal arms trafficking, resulting in tens of thousands of fatalities. The arms industry has denied the claims.