CULIACAN, Mexico – Dozens of friends, family and colleagues of slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez staged a protest on Tuesday outside the offices of the Sinaloa state government to mark the three-month anniversary of the murder.
Participants began by forming a human chain around Government House and then configured themselves into a cross to address a chant to Gov. Quirino Ordaz: “Justice for Javier Valdez, Justice for Javier Valdez.”
The 50-year-old Valdez, known for his coverage of Mexico’s drug war, was gunned down May 15 in Culiacan while walking near the offices of Riodoce, a newsweekly he helped found.
“Impunity is complicity,” the protesters shouted, referring to the absence of progress in the investigation.
“After 92 days, the attorney general’s office has no results. There is still nothing solid that allow them to charge the material or intellectual authors of the murder,” Riodoce editor Ismael Bojorquez told EFE.
Jorge Valdez, the victim’s brother, demanded that officials provide the protesters a briefing on the status of the investigation.
“Impunity is the mother of all the problems we face in this country,” journalist John Albert told EFE.
A total of 126 members of the media have been killed since 2000 in Mexico, including eight this year, and the Aztec nation is one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists to work.