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Mexican journalist executed In border city of Nuevo Laredo after reporting on cartel violence

January 16, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican journalist executed In border city of Nuevo Laredo after reporting on cartel violence

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An unidentified gunman executed a Mexican journalist in front of his daughter and grandchild in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.

The murder of Carlos Dominguez Rodriguez marks the first murder of a Mexican journalist this year in Tamaulipas and the second killing of a journalist in Mexico since the beginning of 2018.

The two journalistic slayings occurred only eight days apart.

According to the Guardian, the killing occurred in the downtown section of Nuevo Laredo when Rodriguez was driving in a car with his daughter and grandson.

Officials have not revealed details as to how the murder occurred. State authorities launched an investigation into the murder and are working to verify if the murder was linked to his job as a journalist.

The late writer was an independent journalist who worked for El Diario de Nuevo Laredo for several years. After leaving the outlet, he began to freelance for various print and online outlets. He wrote about politics and was often critical of officials within the government.

In his last piece, Dominguez discussed the violence that has overtaken Mexico as the country prepares for the upcoming presidential election.

The city of Nuevo Laredo, where the slaying took place, is under the control of the Cartel del Noreste (CDN) a faction of what at one time was the Los Zetas Cartel.

The CDN has set themselves apart by their utilization of violence and threats to control local press outlets to prevent them from reporting on the crimes conducted by the cartel.

Dominguez’s Rodriguez’s slaying occurred eight days after the murder of Jose Gerardo Martinez, an editor for Mexico’s El Universal, who was killed while purchasing presents near Mexico City.

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