The veteran journalist, who had been admitted into the state protection programme for journalists, was shot dead in her car when she arrived home in the northen border city of Tijuana, in the province of Baja California, according to media reports.
Lourdes Maldonado López had worked for several media organisations, including Primer Sistema de Noticias (PSN), Televisa Tijuana and the Rosarito News Channel, where she hosted a show called"Brebaje". She also wrote columns and presented radio programmes. She had been involved in a labour lawsuit, claiming unfair dismissal againt PSN owned by Jaime Bonilla, former governor of Baja California. In 2019, she told the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a press conference that she feared for her life and requested “support , help and labour and justice.”