Amid heckles, Mexico president vows more to stop reporter murders

Media rights groups and citizens protest to demand the Mexican government catch the killers of Javier Valdez the fifth and most high-profile journalist murdered this year in the country's drug-trafficking ganglands in front of the Interior Ministry
Amid heckles, Mexico president vows more to stop reporter murders
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19 May, 2017

Various journalists heckled during the event, shouting "Justice!" as Pena Nieto announced a minute of silence in honour of murdered journalists and activists.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, seven reporters have been killed in Mexico in 2017, and more than 100 since 2000.

In reaction to the spate of the attacks, which sparked protests from reporters across the country, Pena Nieto said more and better trained staff would be hired for a widely criticized office that investigates crimes against journalists. Valdez was also a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada, which reported that he was pulled from his vehicle and shot multiple times.

Journalists in the US 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.

Valdez was a nationally and internationally recognized journalist who authored several books on the drug trade, including "Narcoperiodismo" and "Los Morros del Narco".

Valdez was due to be cremated at 2300 GMT on Tuesday, his family said. Another 50 have been killed during the same time period for reasons not yet confirmed. Experts say that Guzman's arrest a year ago and extradition in January have led to upheaval in the area as rival factions war for control of the gang.

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The other four journalists killed this year were also targeted while out and about. He also tweeted: "I reiterate our commitment to freedom of expression and the press, fundamental for our democracy".

"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".

"The Mexican government must take action proportionate to the seriousness of the situation and strengthen protection for journalists as soon as possible".

"Violence can't be part of daily life", Pena Nieto said.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) said in an email that more must be done to protect reporters in Mexico. Ricardo Sanchez Perez del Pozo, a lawyer with a background in worldwide law and human rights, took over the post. It added that even when there are convictions, they are often limited to the immediate killer and do not clarify the motive.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said at a news conference earlier Tuesday that the federal government "condemns and repudiates" the cowardly attacks against journalists.


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