Mexican journalists laid to rest their colleague, Javier Valdez, on Tuesday, ahead of new actions announced by the president to protect members of the profession. Nathan Frandino reports.
Friends and family mourn slain journalist Javier Valdez. The veteran organized crime writer was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Sinaloa state on Monday. His colleague at the Rio Doce media outlet, Miriam Ramirez, says Valdez leaves behind a legacy of truth and commitment to justice. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RIO DOCE REPORTER, MIRIAM RAMIREZ, SAYING: "He always denounced, always gave a voice to those who did not have one. To those who fought against the injustices of this Mexico and his passion for journalism." Valdez's murder has sparked outrage in Mexico, where last year a record 11 journalists were killed. And with no arrests made, many fear his killers will go unpunished. In Mexico City, President Enrique Pena Nieto led a moment of silence for Valdez... and for two other journalists killed in Jalisco state on Monday. Afterwards, Pena Nieto vowed to strengthen national coordination to investigate and prosecute crimes against journalists. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ENRIQUE PENA NIETO, MEXICAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "A full democracy requires that no one stays silent." But Mexico is experiencing a resurgence in violence. And corruption still plagues local authorities. Most journalists fear their fight for truth and justice may be a long one.