Mexico: Award-Winning Journalist Javier Valdez Shot Dead In Sinaloa

Mexico: Award-Winning Journalist Javier Valdez Shot Dead In Sinaloa
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Veteran Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez (50), an award-winning reporter known for covering drug trafficking and organized crime, was murdered in the northern Mexico state of Sinaloa, the latest in a wave of journalist killings in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers.

Authorities reported that he he was on a busy street in broad daylight when unidentified attackers opened fired on his car. The state prosecutor later told reporters that a dozen bullets were found at the crime scene. At the time he was killed, Valdez was wearing his signature straw hat.

Valdez’s killing makes him at least the fifth journalist to be murdered in Mexico in just over two months, and the second high-profile reporter to be slain in the country over the past few years after Regina Martinez Perez, who was found strangled in her home in 2012.

 

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