Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas Assassinated

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged President Enrique Pena Nieto earlier this month to prioritize protection for the media in the a year ago of his government, citing the killing of at least 21 journalists in the past decade with "complete impunity".

A Mexican reporter renowned for coverage of organized crime was killed in the lawless state of Sinaloa and gunmen attacked an executive of a small weekly magazine on Monday, as authorities struggle to contain renewed bloodshed between drug cartels.

Javier Valdez, the award-winning journalist killed in Mexico, was targeted for his reporting, ariabendix writes https://t.co/Vflj00IXzU pic.twitter.com/iGtTQdeAig- The Atlantic (TheAtlantic) May 16, 2017 He was murdered by unidentified killers after they opened fire on his vehicle.

Valdez was a nationally and internationally recognized journalist who authored several books on the drug trade, including "Narcoperiodismo" and "Los Morros del Narco".

"Being a journalist is like being on a blacklist", Valdez said previous year.

"Drug trafficking there is a way of life", Valdez said in an October interview with Rompeviento TV.

President Enrique Pena Nieto called Valdez's murder an "outrageous crime" and ordered an investigation. In April the newspaper Norte in Chihuahua state announced it was shutting down in part for security reasons after the March 23 killing of Miroslava Breach, one of its contributors. "You have to assume the task that falls to you as a journalist - either that or you play dumb".

"The Mexican Government must do more to protect journalists and prosecute those criminals who kill journalists for doing their jobs", stated Benavides.

"His door was always open".

Its so-called "drugs war" has the armed forces on one side, powerful gangs on the other and corrupt officials in between - and those not wanting to be reported on are getting away with murder. "His loss is a blow to Mexican journalism and to the Mexican public, who see a shadow of silence spreading across the country".

Last month, a newspaper in the border city of Juarez closed due to the climate of insecurity and impunity for killings of journalists.

"The state is not capable of investigating properly and that is an inducement for them to keep killing journalists".

Mexico's Network of Journalists from the Northeast expressed their condemnation and demanded that Mexico's government stop turning a blind eye to the escalating violence.

"Today in Sinaloa they killed the most courageous and most admired journalist", Marcela Turati, a Mexican journalist, wrote in a Twitter message.

He revealed that investigators and forensic specialists from Mexico's prosecutor-general's office were on their way to help in the inquiry. Ricardo Sanchez Perez del Pozo, a lawyer with a background in worldwide law and human rights, took over the post.

Vanessa Coleman

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