Mexican journalists protest over award-winning reporter Javier Valdez's murder
Valdez, who spent his career investigating drug cartels, was shot dead on May 15, 2017, in Sinaloa state.
His murder is the latest in a wave of journalist killings in Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries for reporters.
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Valdez is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mexico over the past two months.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said 40 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 1992.
The journalists are killed in retaliation for covering drug violence and Mexico's rampant corruption.
Who was Javier Valdez?
Valdez, 50, was a well-respected journalist who reported violence and organized crime in Sinaloa, one of Mexico's most drug violence-prone states.
His reporting earned him the International Press Freedom Award from the CPJ in 2011.
Last year, he received the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
He's written several books on the drug trade and narco-journalism.
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How was Valdez killed?
Valdez was driving around a block away from the office of Riodoce, a newspaper he founded, in Sinaloa state capital Culiacan when he was intercepted by gunmen. Mexican national newspaper La Jornada reported that Valdez was pulled out of his car and shot several times.
Valdez was worried about his safety
Valdez was well aware of the dangers of his job. During his book launch last year, Valdez had said: "Being a journalist is like being on a blacklist" and that gangs "will decide what day they are going to kill you."
The New York-based CPJ said Valdez had expressed concern over his safety to them just weeks before his murder.
"They are killing us" say Mexico's protesting journalists
The BBC's Mundo's Juan Paullier said Valdez "wanted to tell the stories and dreams of the victims in a country where impunity is the norm."
Judith Calderón Gómez, who heads a journalists' group, said a mere 0.03% of all journalist killings led to prosecutions.
Journalists protesting Valdez's killing used the phrase "They are killing us" and "No to silence," words Valdez had used before.
Mexican president orders investigation
Gomez has called on the Mexican government to "give a real sign they are interested in guaranteeing journalism in the country." Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he's ordered an "investigation of this outrageous crime" and that his government is committed to press freedom.
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