Veteran Journalist Javier Valdez Murdered in Mexico

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.

Last weekend a group of reporters said a large group including children bearing semi-automatic weapons took their equipment while they covered unrest in the state of Guerrero. He said yes, he was a human being. "I don't want to be asked, 'What were you doing in the face of so much death. why didn't you say what was going on?'" "You have to fight to change things".

Valdez also contributed dispatches to the national daily La Jornada and previous year published a book about the dangers facing journalists who report honestly on the rampant crime and corruption gripping Mexico.

A Mexican journalist renowned for his coverage of organised crime was gunned down on Monday in the lawless state of Sinaloa, the fifth reporter killed in recent months in the country as authorities struggle to contain resurgent bloodshed among warring drug cartels.

Journalists and activists hold images of slain journalists during a demonstration against the killing of journalist Anabel Flores outside the Veracruz government building in Mexico City, February 11, 2016.

According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, Valdez had told them he was concerned for his safety just weeks before his murder.

In response to that, Valdez founded Riodoce with two colleagues.

It became a source of reference for news about the drug war in a state where other media self-censored for fear of violence.

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"Sinaloa, Valdez's home state is infamous in Mexico's drug world", Carrie says.

Sinaloa has always been a drug trafficking hotbed and is home to the Sinaloa Cartel headed by notorious kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who is in a NY prison awaiting trial on multiple charges.

He had been a local contributor to global news agency AFP for more than 10 years.

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

He compiled much of his reporting into several books, the most recent of which, Narcoperiodismo, was published late past year.

Valdez belonged to a rare breed of Mexican reporters who refuse to be silenced through bribes or threats of violence.

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

"But someone has to do it, right?"

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