Javier Valdez Cárdenas
|Javier Valdez Cárdenas|
|Known for||Reporting on drug trafficking|
|Awards||International Press Freedom Award (2011)|
In 2003, he and other reporters from the daily newspaper Noroeste founded Ríodoce, a weekly dedicated to crime and corruption in Sinaloa, considered one of Mexico's most violent states. Valdez Cárdenas is also the author of several books on drug trafficking, including Miss Narco, which chronicles the lives of the girlfriends and wives of drug lords, and Los morros del narco: Ninos y jovenes en el narcotrafico mexicano ("The Kids of the Drug Trade: Children and teenagers in Mexican drug trafficking").
In September 2009, Ríodoce published a series on drug trafficking entitled "Hitman: Confession of an Assassin in Ciudad Juárez." One morning a few days after the conclusion of the series, a grenade was thrown into Ríodoce's office, damaging the building but causing no injuries. The attackers were never identified.
In 2011, Valdez Cárdenas was awarded the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists, "an annual recognition of courageous journalism". In his acceptance speech, he called the violence of Mexican drug trafficking "a tragedy that should shame us", blaming the citizenry of Mexico for giving the drug war its deaths and the governments of US and Mexico for giving the drug war its guns. Later in the same year, the trustees of Columbia University awarded Ríodoce the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for journalism that contributes to "inter-American understanding".
- "Javier Valdez Cárdenas, Mexico". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- "CPJ International Press Freedom Awards 2011". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- Javier Valdez Cárdenas (22 November 2011). "Award Acceptance Speech". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
- "The Maria Moors Cabot Prize". journalism.columbia.edu. 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.