On Monday night In Mexico City, journalists marched together in the streets and painted “In Mexico they are killing us” in front of the Angel of Independence monument. Several vigils were also planned around the county on Tuesday morning the murder of veteran journalist Javier Valdez. Javier Valdez Cárdenas was a Mexican journalist founder of Ríodoce, a newspaper based in Sinaloa, who received several international awards for his writings on drug trafficking and organized crime in the Mexican Drug War.
Several prominent Mexican news outlets went dark on Tuesday to protest the murder of journalists across the country. The brazen midday killing of Valdez has inspired many journalists in Mexico to take direct action. In Mexico, at least five journalists have been gunned down already in this year alone, and over the past 8 years, 99% of attacks on journalists have gone unpunished.