The cartel leaders suspected of killing a legendary Mexican journalist could testify against El Chapo
The murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas was supposed to change things. But the killings of Mexican journalists have not stopped.
Mexico was the deadliest country without an active war zone for reporters
Javier Valdez defiantly covered the drug cartels in Mexico. He was gunned down in broad daylight on Monday. At least five journalists have been killed this year.
Guadalupe Fernández Valencia, known as “The Boss,” is said to be one of the highest ranking women in the cartel and is wanted in the United States on trafficking charges.
Up to eight journalists have been killed in Mexico this year, even though the dangers to the local media have been attracting international attention for years and prompted multiple promises from the government to act.
La Paz, in Baja California Sur, had appeared immune to Mexico's drug war, but a schism within the Sinaloa cartel after the 2014 arrest of kingpin Chapo Guzmán sparked a major turf war that intensified after he escaped from jail in July.