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Sixth journalist slain in Mexico: Javier Valdez Cárdenas, editor of Riodoce executed in Sinaloa

May 16, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Sixth journalist slain in Mexico: Javier Valdez Cárdenas, editor of Riodoce executed in Sinaloa

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Another journalist has fallen victim to drug violence in Mexico with the targeted killing of Javier Valdez Cárdenas, editor, and co-founder of the local Sinaloa-based publication Ríodoce.

Valdez, a prominent award-winning journalist who published groundbreaking reports on drug trafficking and organized crime in Sinaloa, was ambushed as he exited his vehicle outside of his office in the Culiacan neighborhood of  Jorge Almada on Monday afternoon, according to a statement released by Riodoce.

The Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office said  Javier Valdez Cárdenas suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his head and torso.

He was the founder of the Rio Doce Weekly, where he served as one of the directors and editors, in addition to being a correspondent for La Jornada newspaper in Sinaloa.

The award-winning journalist was executed in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan on Monday

Valdez wrote several books on the Mexican drug trade, including “Miss narco” (2009), “Los morros del narco” (2011), “With a grenade in the mouth: war wounds Of drug trafficking in Mexico” (2014) and “Huérfanos del Narco.”

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto condemned the murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas on his Twitter account and said he issued instructions to the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) to support the investigation by Sinaloa state authorities.

“I reiterate our commitment to freedom of expression by the press, which is fundamental to our democracy,” he wrote.

Mexico remains the third most dangerous country in the world for reporters, ranked only behind Afghanistan and Syria.

The killing of Javier Valdez marks the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico in 2017

So far this year,  six journalists have been executed in Mexico, the most recent occurring in April with the killing of Filiberto Alvarez in the state of Morelos.

On March 2, Cecilio Pineda Brito, an independent journalist, and reporter for La Jornada was executed at a carwash in Guerrero.

Armed suspects gunned down columnist Ricardo Monlui, director of the newspaper El Político Journal of Xalapa in the Gulf state of Veracruz on March 19th.

Four days later, on March 23, cartel hitmen executed Miroslava Breach, a reporter for the newspaper La Jornada in the capital of Chihuahua.

One month later on April 14th,  Maximino Rodriguez Palacios was shot dead at a shopping center in  La Paz, Baja California Sur.

Shockingly,  authorities have so far not made any arrests in the six murders, which is a clear illustration of the brazen impunity  and corruption plaguing the Mexican government

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