On Monday, veteran organized crime writer Javier Valdez was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the northwestern state of Sinaloa while gunmen in Jalisco state killed a reporter at a small weekly magazine and critically wounded his mother, an executive at the family-run publication.
"It's also home to the Sinaloa cartel, which until recently was headed by Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman" - the infamous drug lord who, after a high-profile escape and recapture, has been extradited to the USA and is awaiting trial.
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto said Monday afternoon that he has directed the federal police to help local authorities investigate "this outrageous crime". The state of Sinaloa is the base of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel, and has seen a surge in violence since his arrest, as rival members of his gang vie to wrestle control.
Mexico ranks third in the world for the number of journalists killed, after Syria and Afghanistan, according to media rights group Reporters Without Borders.
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La Jornada reported that Valdez Cárdenas had received multiple anonymous death threats within the last three months.
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"Today in Sinaloa they killed the most fearless and most admired journalist", Marcela Turati, a Mexican journalist, wrote in a Twitter message.
Valdez' brother, Rafael, issued a statement to the Agence France-Presse, where Valdez was a contributor for more than a decade, according to The Atlantic.
By the group's count, some 40 journalists have been killed in Mexico for reasons confirmed as related to their work since 1992.
Valdez also contributed dispatches to the national daily La Jornada and published a book a year ago about the dangers facing journalists who report honestly on the rampant crime and corruption gripping Mexico.
Its so-called "drugs war" has the armed forces on one side, powerful gangs on the other and corrupt officials in between - and those not wanting to be reported on are getting away with murder.
"The Mexican Government must do more to protect journalists and prosecute those criminals who kill journalists for doing their jobs", stated Benavides.
Mr Valdez was interviewed by Fox News last month, when Miroslava Breach became the 30th journalist murdered in the country since 2012. "There is no safe way to do journalism in Mexico, bullets pass too close".