Prominent Mexican Journalist Gunned Down In Broad Daylight

Media and rights groups protested Tuesday to demand the Mexican government catch the killers of the fifth and most high-profile journalist murdered this year in the country's drug-trafficking ganglands.

Sinaloa has always been a drug trafficking center in Mexico and home to the Sinaloa drug cartel, headed by the notorious Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

He was walking near the Rio Doce offices in the state capital, Culiacan, when he was killed by a group of people riding in a red vehicle, according to multiple Mexican news outlets.

Valdez was recognized with the International Press Freedom Award in 2011 by CPJ, which released a report this month warning that widespread impunity leaves journalists vulnerable to attacks in Mexico. From an interview with DuncanTucker https://t.co/Q3hqU4VIO1 ...

He is the latest in a number of journalists in Mexico who have been killed for his work.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and the US ambassador to Mexico condemned Valdez's killing. Its founder Joaquin Guzman, also known as "El Chapo" (Shorty), was captured is 2014 and is now in jail awaiting trial in the US.

Mexico is one of the most risky places in the world to be a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists says.

Javier Valdez, a Mexican journalist, was assassinated "in broad daylight" in Mexico on Monday.

"Being a journalist is like being on a black list", he said a year ago at the launch...

Violence - including killings of journalists - surged in Mexico after the government launched a military campaign against drug gangs a decade ago. He was one of the founders of Riodoce, a local publication in Sinaloa, as well as a contributor for the national newspaper, La Jornada.

The special prosecutor's office rarely opens probes into the killing of journalists, leaving the job instead to local authorities, according to the CPJ.

"I asked him why he risked his life (for his work) and he replied: 'It is something I like doing, and someone has to do it".

Last year, he published a book about drug gangs and the media.

"We do not see the violence against journalists stopping", said Balbina Flores, a representative of RSF in Mexico.

"We come once again and as many times as necessary to harshly demand that authorities carry out their duty of protecting citizens from criminals and punish criminals according to the Rule of Law", a prepared statement from the network revealed. It tells the stories of Mexican journalists who have been victims of crimes.

Last Wednesday, the federal Attorney General's Office replaced the head of its division responsible for investigating journalist killings.

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