Renowned Mexican drug trade reporter gunned down

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He covered drug trafficking and crime and wrote a number of books about the drug trade Valdez told CPJ in the weeks before his murder that he was concerned for his safety.

Award-winning drug reporter Javier Valdez was shot dead by unidentified attackers on a street near his office in Mexico's Culiacan on Monday, AP reported.

The CPJ awarded Valdez its International Press Freedom Award in 2011 for his prolific coverage of drug trafficking and organised crime. From an interview with DuncanTucker https://t.co/Q3hqU4VIO1 ...

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranks Mexico as the third most deadly country for journalists in the world - after Syria and Afghanistan.

Valdez was the fifth journalist killed this year in a country plagued by drug violence and corruption, according to officials and media rights groups.

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.

"Rapid and transparent investigations are necessary to bring the perpetrators of all these crimes to justice" the European Union said in a statement that demanded Mexico see the "end of impunity in cases of crimes against journalists and activists".

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According to The Atlantic, Valdez was well aware of the dangers of being a journalist who focused on violence and crime.

He had been a local contributor to global news agency AFP for more than 10 years. Valdez was also a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada, which reported that he was pulled from his vehicle and shot multiple times. Another 50 have been killed during the same time period for reasons not yet confirmed.

Speaking at a launch of his book previous year, he said: "Being a journalist is like being on a blacklist". "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?'"

In Sinaloa there has also been a fragmentation and power struggle among factions in the drug cartel of the same name following the arrest and extradition to the United States of notorious kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

He revealed that investigators and forensic specialists from Mexico's prosecutor-general's office were on their way to help in the inquiry. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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