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Prominent Mexican Reporter Javier Valdez Cárdenas Gunned Down

16 May 2017

Javier Valdez Cárdenas, the founder of the weekly Riodoce who also worked for French news agency AFP, was shot dead outside his office by unidentified gunmen in Culiacan city in the north-western Mexican state of Sinaloa. The prominent journalist who reported extensively on drug trafficking had reportedly received death threats against him and his publication. He reportedly said that, in 2009, there was a grenade attack against his publication but no one was hurt.

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto led the condemnation of Cárdenas’ killing who described it as an ‘outrageous crime’ and pledge to protect journalists in his country, according to media reports.