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Another journalist found beaten to death in Northern Mexico

June 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Another journalist found beaten to death in Northern Mexico Héctor González Antonio Source: Special

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Mexican officials have launched an investigation into the slaying of Hector Gonzalez Antonio, a reporter in the state of Tamaulipas, marking the second murder of its kind in the state this year and the sixth overall in 2018. In May, Mexico saw three media-related homicides alone.

Police discovered the body of Hector Gonzalez Antonio in an empty lot in the Estrella area of Ciudad Victoria, which is the capital of Tamaulipas.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Gonzalez worked as a national correspondent for Mexico’s Excelsior and also served for various local press outlets.

State police officers discovered the body of Gonzalez, covered in blood, his white shirt and jeans were torn apart as well on a street in the Estrella neighborhood of the capital of Tamaulipas.

Local press reports indicate the victim died from blunt force trauma.

Ricardo Sánchez Pérez del Pozo, the Federal Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes Committed against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) said the investigation is still attempting to determine a motive for Gonzalez Antonio’s slaying.

Gonzalez is the sixth member of the news media killed in Mexico this year.

The slaying of Gonzalez occurs just days after a similar homicide occurred in the neighboring state of Nuevo Leon.

As Jammed Up News reported, law enforcement officials found the body of Alicia Diaz Gonzalez, a writer for Mexico’s El Financiero. Like Gonzalez Antonio, Diaz Gonzalez was beaten to death and left in a pool of blood in her residence near the capital of Monterrey.

The investigation determined Diaz’s death as an intentional homicide but as in the majority of cases involving journalists, the murder of Diaz Gonzalez remains unsolved.

In early May, a group of gunmen shot radio journalist Juan Carlos Huerta as he was departing from his home in Villa Hermosa, Tabasco.

In January, a crew of hitmen killed Tamaulipas columnist and semi-retired journalist Carlos Dominguez Rodriguez in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

The man was stabbed to death in front of his family. A relative of the former mayor of Nuevo Laredo and several other individuals were arrested in connection with the homicide.

One month later, cartel gunmen executed satirist Leslie Ann Pamela Montenegro del Real at a restaurant in Acapulco, Guerrero.

Reporter Alicia Diaz Gonzalez was found fatally beaten to death inside her home in Nuevo Leon

Montenegro, who was also known as “Nana Pelucas,” was a harsh critic of the Mexican government and social issues.

Reports indicate Montenegro managed to anger cartels who threatened her shortly before her she was killed. The case also remains unsolved.

And in March, gunmen in the Gulf state of Veracruz executed Leobardo Vazquez Atzin, who operated the online news site Enlace Informativo Regional and recently reported on a local mayor tied to an illegal property grab.

Soon after his story was published, the journalist said he began receiving alleged threats from individuals tied to the mayor.

Mexican continues to be the most perilous country in the world for the media industry, as journalists continue to be targeted with impunity by criminal cartels and complicit corrupt politicians.

In a statement, CPJ demanded the Mexican government takes swift and aggressive action to bring the suspects responsible for González Antonio’s death, to justice.

“Mexican authorities must do everything in their power to identify the motive and bring the murderers of Héctor González Antonio to justice,” said CPJ’s Mexico Representative Jan-Albert Hootsen. “Until Mexico takes concrete steps to solve media murders, the cycle of violence and impunity that has made the country one of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters will continue.”

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