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Award Winning Mexican Journalist Slain In Sinaloa State

Mexican journalist Javier Valdez was killed Monday in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, an area known for heavy cartel activity, the Washington Post reports. For years, Valdez reported on drug trafficking and organized crime in Mexico, and authored multiple books on Mexico’s cartels. He’d previously been targeted by cartels: In 2009, a grenade was thrown into the office of Rio Doce, the publication where he worked, the Washington Post reports. Valdez’s death makes him the fifth journalist to be murdered in Mexico over the last two months. Valdez was 54.

Several journalists took to Twitter to express how they felt. Valdez’s death was met with anger…

… and disbelief.

Many peers praised their fallen brother and expressed grief at the loss.

They spoke of his dedication to journalism and journalists.

And of the friendship they shared.

Despite the heaviness of the violence, Valdez was a positive force among journalists.

And, above all else, he believed in what he did.

The death of such a high profile journalist has set a chilling precedent.

The Washington Post reported that since 1992, almost 100 journalists have been killed in Mexico, making it one of the most dangerous locations in the world to cover the news.


[H/T] Washington Post: Veteran journalist Javier Valdez killed in Mexico’s Sinaloa


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