Unesco Director Condemns Assassination of Mexican Journalist


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.

One of Mexico's most respected journalists has been shot to death in his home state of Sinaloa, in northwestern Mexico, and a large group of gunmen has attacked seven other journalists traveling in the southwest. "It just happened and the personnel specialists are looking into it".

Guerrero state officials suspected the attack on the journalists was carried out by one of the competing narco groups, La Familia Michoacana.

Veteran reporter, who covered drug trafficking and organised crime, was the fifth journalist killed in Mexico this year.

Epigmenio Ibarra, producer of telenovelas like "El Señor de los Cielos" and "El Chema", is an activists that sides on the left.

They accused the authorities of failing to prosecute those who kill journalists covering the drug gangs in broad daylight, sometimes in front of their families.

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.

Javier Valdez Cardenas, who won the Committee to Protect Journalists' worldwide press freedom award in 2011, died when gunmen opened fire on his auto around noon.

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In this photo released by Riodoce, journalist Javier Valdez poses for a photo an unknown location in Mexico.

Eleven journalists were murdered and 426 attacks on the media were registered in Mexico in 2016, the press rights group Article 19 said. It added that even when there are convictions, they are often limited to the immediate killer and do not clarify the motive.

"Being a journalist is like being on a black list", he wrote in a recent book about drug gangs and the media.

"The Mexican Government must do more to protect journalists and prosecute those criminals who kill journalists for doing their jobs", stated Benavides. He also tweeted: "I reiterate our commitment to freedom of expression and the press, fundamental for our democracy".

H. Valdés was a respected journalist in the city and has published several books about the drug trade, crime and its impact on communities, reported in the weekly Valdez, where he worked as a journalist.

Why are so many journalists being killed in Mexico?

Mexico has seen 102 journalists murdered since 2000, according to RSF.