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Respected journalist found fatally beaten to death inside her Mexican Border State home

June 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Respected journalist found fatally beaten to death inside her Mexican Border State home

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Authorities in Mexico confirmed Alicia Diaz Gonzalez, a financial journalist for one of the country’s most respected publications was fatally beaten in her residence in Monterrey, in the state of Nuevo Leon.

The case signifies the fifth reported to be slain in Mexico, a country identified by press freedom groups as the most dangerous for individuals in the media.

According to El Pais, authorities in Nuevo Leon have launched an investigation into the slaying of the 52-year-old Alicia Diaz Gonzalez, an economy reporter for Mexico’s El Financiero. Her 20-year-old son discovered the woman in a pool of blood at their residence in the wealthy neighborhood of Colonia Paseo Residencial. Authorities ruled out theft or robbery as a motive.

Diaz Gonzalez had been working as a financial writer since the 1990‘s. She first worked for Mexico’s El Norte before she moved to El Financiero in January. Her job did not include any coverage linked to organized crime or the territorial disputes between drug cartels.

Diaz Gonzalez’s killing occurred just three weeks after a group of gunmen shot and killed Mexican radio-news host Juan Carlos Huerta in the Mexican state of Tabasco. Huerta worked as a reporter for over 30 years before he was gunned down outside his residence in a targeted hit.

In March, unidentified hitmen shot and killed Leobardo Vazquez Atzin in Veracruz. Vazquez was the home of the news site Enlace Informativo Regional and reported on a local mayor linked to an illegal property grab. Soon after his story was published, the journalist said he began getting threats from the politician.

In February, a crew of gunmen killed satirist Leslie Ann Pamela Montenegro del Real at a restaurant in Acapulco. Montenegro, who was also known as “Nana Pelucas,” was a harsh critic of the Mexican government and social issues, but had upset drug cartels who threatened her just before she was murdered.

In January, cartel members attacked and killed Carlos Dominguez Rodriguez in Nuevo Laredo. The semi-retired writer was stabbed to death in front of his family. Afterward, police arrested a relative of a former mayor and several other people allegedly tied to the slaying.

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