Evidence identifiers are placed next to the body of journalist Javier Valdez at a crime scene in Culiacan, In Sinaloa state, Mexico, May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Jesus Bustamante
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Authorities in Mexico searched Tuesday for gunmen who fatally shot an award-winning journalist and Agence France Presse contributor who reported on the country's violent drug gangs.Valdez was the fifth journalist killed this year in a country plagued by drug violence and corruption, according to officials and media rights groups.Violence – including killings of journalists – surged in Mexico after the government launched a military campaign against drug gangs a decade ago. In response to that, Valdez founded Riodoce with two colleagues. Over a nearly 30-year career, Valdez became one of the most renowned journalists in Sinaloa.Valdez worked for the national daily newspaper La Jornada as well as Riodoce.
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