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Javier Valdez Cárdenas
Journalism Written in Blood

(Periodismo escrito con sangre)

Commercial Non-Fiction / Narcos & Co. / Politics and Current Affairs

  • Published: 04/08/2017
  • ISBN: 9786073158084
  • 264 pages

An anthology of articles and texts that no bullet can stop.

On the 15th May, the journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was murdered in Sinaloa. He was the author of a series of memorable books on the War against Drugs; on the tragedy that families go through each day searching for their missing child; on the brothers who have to go to identify their father’s corpse; on women who are the victims of assassins who not only kill those closest to them but also joke about their situation with the arrogance of a heartless criminal.
Javier Valdez Cárdenas was murdered for showing up at police headquarters, for questioning public ministries, for inconveniencing the drug traffickers blinded by power into mercilessly torturing, gunning down, destroying and assassinating equally heartless enemies, as well as innocent victims, so that they can take control of the market.
This book collects examples of his journalism across the works published with Aguilar including reports, full investigations and witness statements; all written with blood, rage, pain and a deep sense of humanity.

About the author

MEXICO – Javier Valdez Cárdenas (Culiacán, 1967 – 2017). From 1998, he was a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada, a founding reporter of the news weekly Ríodoce and a contributor to the blog Nuestra Aparente Rendición (NAR). His reports have been published in ProcesoGatopardo, Emeequis and Horizontal. In October 2011, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) awarded him the International Press Freedom Award in New York for his “brave coverage of drug trafficking and putting names and faces to its victims”. In 2011, with the team at Ríodoce, they received the María Moors Cabot Prize from the prestigious Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University, New York. In 2013, the team also won The PEN Club prize for Editorial Excellence. In 2014, Quién magazine named him as one of the 50 most influential people in Mexico. This was also the year he won the National Prize for Journalism. He was also the journalistic consultant for the television series Señorita Pólvora, for Sony Television.

He is the author of the books De azoteas y olvidos (Culiacán), Malayerba (Jus Ediciones) & Miss Narco (a finalist for the 2010 Rodolfo Walsh Prize awarded at the Semana Negra in Gijón, Spain), The Narco Kids, Levantones, With a Grenade in Your Mouth, Narcotrafficking’s Orphans and Narcojournalism, all published with Aguilar.