CULIACAN, Mexico – Family and colleagues of slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez blockaded the Sinaloa state Attorney General’s Office on Saturday to protest the slow pace of the investigation into the May 15 murder.
Waving banners and placards reading “Justice for Javier,” dozens of demonstrators surrounded the building in Culiacan, the state capital, to prevent employees from entering.
The 50-year-old Valdez, known for his coverage of Mexico’s drug war, was gunned down two months ago in Culiacan while walking near the offices of Riodoce, a newsweekly he helped found.
Valdez was attacked by two gunmen, who fired 12 shots at him, the Mexican federal AG Office said, citing investigators’ conclusions.
The veteran reporter was forced to stop his vehicle, ordered to get out and led away before the gunmen shot him and then drove away from the crime scene, the AG Office said.
A total of 126 members of the media have been killed since 2000 in Mexico, including seven this year, and the Aztec nation is one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists to work.