Javier Valdez killed when assailants opened fire on his car in the state capital, Culiacan
A Mexican journalist renowned for coverage of organized crime killed in the state of Sinaloa. Shooters assaulted an official of a small weekly magazine on Monday, as experts battle to contain reestablished carnage between rival cartels. Being the fifth journalist killed since March, making Mexico one of the deadliest nations for news coverage.
In Autlan, in the neighboring state of Jalisco, shooters opened fire on Sonia Cordova, an official at the Semanario Costeno weekly magazine.
The shooters only injured Cordova however, her son did not survive the assault.
A state police source said her child, Jonathan Rodriguez Cordova, acted as a journalist at the family-run magazine.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and the U.S. ambassador to Mexico condemned Valdez’s killing.
A special federal prosecutor’s office tasked with crimes against freedom of expression said it had started the procedure for opening an inquiry and was sending a team to collect evidence.
“The state must respond to these circumstances,” said Sinaloa prosecutor Juan Jose Rios at a rowdy news conference.
Mexico’s most notable, and adored, writers of the drug war. He won the International Press Freedom Award from watchdog group the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in 2011 for his prolific coverage of trafficking and organized crime.
News of his killing shook Mexico’s reporting group, effectively frightened by a spike in assaults against the media this year.
Mexico is a standout amongst the riskiest spots to be a journalist. Most of the assaults on the media going unpunished.
Mexican and foreign journalists paid their respects to Valdez via social media.