In the aftermath of the assassination of Javier Valdez, correspondent of the national newspaper La Jornada in the state of Sinaloa and a contributor to Agence France-Presse, many journalists took to the streets of Mexico City and other cities Protest against the assassinations of their confreres. About of seven journalists have been killed since the beginning of the year.
At 8 o’clock in the morning at the foot of the monument of the Angel of Independence, at noon, in front of the headquarters of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and in the evening before the Ministry of the Interior, many journalists, photographers and cameramen Meeting in Mexico on May 16 to protest the brutal assassination of their colleague Javier Valdez and those of six other journalists this year. They demand justice.
In the aftermath of the assassination of Javier Valdez, the Mexican press was in mourning. As they went down the street, journalists also wanted to express their anger and helplessness, as Rogaciano Mendez, of the press editors’ union, pointed out: ” We are outraged. We’re angry. One is afraid of practicing a profession which in this country has practically converted into an insurance of death … and not of life!”
In journalistic circles, the emotion was all the greater on Tuesday that Javier Valdez was highly esteemed by his colleagues. Throughout his career, this 50-year-old investigative journalist had become one of the best chroniclers of narcotrafficking and organized crime, especially in the state of Sinaloa, the bastion of El Cartel “Chapo” Guzman.