On May 15, 2017, famed Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was walking towards his car in his hometown of Culiacán in the Pacific state of Sinaloa when gunmen pulled up beside him, ordered him to kneel and shot him dead with a dozen bullets.
The slaying of Valdez, who was internationally recognized for his fearless coverage of organized crime, brought a renewed wave of international condemnation of violence against journalists — particularly in Mexico, which the International Press Institute recently described as “the deadliest place in the world to work in the media.”
In the year since Valdez’s murder, his case has highlighted Mexican authorities’ struggle to thoroughly investigate crimes against press workers while also serving as a reminder of the dangers that come with reporting on crime and corruption in Mexico.
Although most cases of murders of journalists in Mexico go unpunished, there have been several recent breaks in the investigation of Valdez’s killing.
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