Mexican President Met with Journalists' Shouts of 'Justice!'

In Mexico City on Tuesday, protesters wrote "They are killing us" and "No to silence" - a phrase used by Mr Valdez - on the road next to the iconic Monument to Independence on the main thoroughfare, Paseo de la Reforma.

The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists says that Mexico has remained one of the most unsafe countries in the world for journalists despite the creation of that prosecution body.

Press rights group Articulo 19 said that was the first time Pena Nieto had reacted publicly to one of the recent wave of journalists' killings - a sign of rising pressure on the president.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto vowed to increase protections for journalists in remarks at the presidential palace on Wednesday afternoon. "Each crime against a journalist is a strike against freedom of expression and the press and the citizenry".

Jan-Albert Hootson, Mexico representative for the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, said Valdez and Riodoce were known as a rare source of independent, investigative journalism in Sinaloa.

Journalists in the USA and Mexico are reeling from the death of Mexican reporter Javier Valdez Cardenas, who was shot dead on Monday in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, where he lived and worked.

Pena Nieto was flanked by his security cabinet and governors as he promised more resources to help journalists under threat and for the special prosecutor's office tasked with investigating such crimes.

"Rapid and transparent investigations are necessary to bring the perpetrators of all these crimes to justice", the European Union said in a statement that demanded Mexico see the "end of impunity in cases of crimes against journalists and activists".

Seven journalists have been killed in Mexico this year in the states of Veracruz, Chihuahua, Guerrero Morelos, Baja California, Jalisco and Sinaloa.

One of them, Alejandro Paez Varela, content director for the online outlet SinEmbargo.mx, said Valdez's murder - in broad daylight and just a block from Riodoce's office - was a demonstration of impunity. "13 of the victims killed since 2013 were women, corresponding to over 20 percent of the total - it seems like little, but actually it is a lot compared with the small proportion of women working as journalists", said the CNDH in the 2016 annual report. "That is the federal government's fault".

  • Leroy Wright