"Three individuals allegedly involved in the murder of journalist María Elena Ferral Hernández in Papantla, Mexico, have been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The sentence was handed down by a judge from the Poza Rica Judicial District following a more than two-hour-long hearing on the night of Wednesday, May 17, 2023. The crime was determined to be a result of her work as a female journalist.
Fernanda de Luna Ferral, the daughter of the journalist, conveyed to the media that although the sentencing brings a certain level of justice for her mother, the investigation remains ongoing, as there are still pending inquiries into the potential involvement of nine additional individuals in the murder.
María Elena Ferral Hernández, a correspondent for Diario de Xalapa and director of the Quinto Poder outlet, was fatally shot on March 30, 2020, on a busy street in Papantla, a municipality in the northern part of the state of Veracruz."