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CPJ welcomes 2nd conviction in case of slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas

Mexico City, June 9, 2021 – In response to yesterday’s conviction of Juan Francisco Picos Barrueta, known as “El Quillo,” for his role in the murder of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “The conviction of Juan Francisco Picos Barrueta is an important step toward ending impunity…

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The author interprets Javier Valdez Cárdenas's acceptance speech at the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards in New York. Valdez 'combined the grit of the most battle-hardened reporter with the elegiac soul of a 19th century Romantic poet.' (CPJ)

Javier Valdez Cárdenas

Investigative reporter and editor Javier Valdez Cárdenas was fatally shot on May 15, 2017, near the editorial offices of Riodoce, the investigative weekly he co-founded in 2003 in the northern Mexican city of Culiacán. He was 50 years old. According to news reports and statements by Sinaloa state Attorney General Juan José Rios, Valdez was shot around noon, shortly after…

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Police and government officials, pictured at a press conference in Mexico City on April 24, announce the arrest of a suspect in the murder of journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas. (CPJ/Jan-Albert Hootsen)

Mexico must identify mastermind in murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas

Mexico City, April 24, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the arrest of a suspect in the murder case of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas. At a press conference today, police named the alleged accomplice to the 2017 murder as 26-year-old Heriberto ‘N’, alias “El Koala,” and said that Valdez was killed for his…

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Reading from the work of IPFA recipient Javier Valdez Cárdenas

On Saturday, April 14, the Mexican journalist, author and 2011 CPJ International Press Freedom Award Recipient Javier Valdez Cárdenas would have celebrated his 51st birthday. To celebrate his work, ten friends and colleagues of Valdez will read from his work. CPJ’s Mexico Representative Jan-Albert Hootsen is among the participants.

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Memorial to celebrate the life of Javier Valdez Cárdenas

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, together with family, friends and colleagues of Mexican journalist and author Javier Valdez Cárdenas, are organizing a memorial to celebrate his life and his work on Saturday, July 15.

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The author interprets Javier Valdez Cárdenas's acceptance speech at the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards in New York. Valdez 'combined the grit of the most battle-hardened reporter with the elegiac soul of a 19th century Romantic poet.' (CPJ)

Javier Valdez Cárdenas, brave and beloved Mexican journalist

When Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas arrived in New York City in November 2011 to accept CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, he and his staff had already suffered a grenade attack on the offices of their weekly, Ríodoce. Weeks after receiving the award, they were the victims of a denial of service (DOS) attack that…

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Javier Valdez Cárdenas, pictured at a book launch in November 2016. The Mexican journalist was killed in Sinaloa state May 15, 2017. (AFP/Hector Guerrero)

Mexican journalist and CPJ awardee Javier Valdez Cárdenas murdered

New York, May 15, 2017–The Mexican prosecutor for crimes against freedom of expression in Mexico should swiftly investigate the murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Valdez was shot and killed today near the offices of Ríodoce, the local weekly he founded in…

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Javier Valdez Cárdenas Award Acceptance Speech

    Javier Valdez Cárdenas Ríodoce, Mexico  Acceptance Speech CPJ International Press Freedom Award 2011 November 22, 2011 Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, New York City Good evening. Many thanks to the Committee to Protect Journalists for this distinction, which for me is unparalleled. I have nourished my withered soul with expressions in the streets, embraces…

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Javier Valdez Cárdenas, Mexico

2011 CPJ International Press Freedom Awardee In 2003, together with reporters from the daily Noroeste, Javier Valdez Cárdenas founded Ríodoce, a weekly publication covering crime and corruption in Sinaloa, one of Mexico’s most violent states. Valdez is known for his prolific coverage of drug trafficking and organized crime. Early one morning in September 2009, unidentified…

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Murderer of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez sentenced to 32 years in prison

Mexico City, June 18, 2021 – The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed yesterday’s sentencing of Juan Francisco Picos Barrueta, known as “El Quillo,” one of the murderers of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, and called on Mexican federal authorities to redouble their efforts to have the alleged mastermind of the killing extradited to and tried in…

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