On Saturday, January 13th, the latest journalist die at the hands of drug criminals is 77-year-old Carlos Dominguez. A group of men stabbed him 21 times in Nuevo Laredo while he was in his car with his son, his daughter-in-law, and his grandchildren.
Dominguez worked for ‘Diario de Nuevo Laredo,’ but was an independent journalist, as well. He also wrote political columns, the last one being about the political violence growing heading into the Presidential elections in July of 2018.
The state Governor, Francisco Cabeza de Vaca, expressed his condolences through a Twitter post:
“My condolences to the family of journalist Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez, who died today in Nuevo Laredo. I commit myself to them and the journalistic community of Tamaulipas. This murder will not go unpunished.”
Before Dominguez, the latest journalist victim to cartel violence was Zamira Esther Bautista, who got murdered on June 20th, 2016, in Ciudad Victoria. According to the group Reporters Without Borders, Mexico is the most dangerous country for journalists in the western hemisphere.
Tamaulipas is on the border with Texas and is one of the five Mexican states to receive a level four warning in latest U.S State Department Travel Advisory – the highest level of dangerousness. The others are Colima, Sinaloa, Michoacan, and Guerrero.
The agency warned U.S. citizens to avoid those states due to high crime rate and violence. 39 media workers deaths have occurred since President Enrique Peña Nieto took over the office in December 2012.
This article was inspired by Huffington Post // Asesinan al periodista Carlos Domínguez en Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas