Well-known journalist in the violence-plagued state of Sinaloa in northwest Mexico has been shot and killed. He was shot yesterday on a street in the state capital of Culiacan, marking the latest in a wave of killings of journalists in Mexico.
Javier Valdez, correspondent for the Mexico City-based daily La Jornada and a co-founder of the regional weekly Riodoce, was shot on a busy street in broad daylight.
Law enforcement officials in Sinaloa confirmed the slaying, and the state prosecutor told reporters that police found 12 spent shell casings at the scene.
Valdez, a father of two, was at least the fifth journalist killed this year in Mexico, which free-press groups have named as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.