CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — A journalist was killed Saturday in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas and authorities said they were investigating to see if his death was related to his work.
Carlos Dominguez Rodriguez was slain in the city of Nuevo Laredo across the border from Texas while driving in a car with relatives who were unhurt in the attack, state security spokesman Luis Alberto Rodriguez told The Associated Press. Rodriguez said the body had stab wounds and there may have been gunshots.
In the past, Dominguez had worked for different print media outlets, including the Diario de Nuevo Laredo newspaper, but was currently an independent journalist who wrote opinion columns for news websites, Rodriguez and other journalists said.
If it is confirmed that Dominguez was killed for his work, he would be the first journalist slain for his profession in the new year after a deadly 2017 that saw at least 10 slain in what international press groups called a crisis for freedom of expression in Mexico. Earlier in January, a news editor was killed in a robbery.
Tamaulipas' government said in a statement that it "will act firmly against any attack on freedom of expression and the labor of communicators."
Rodriguez said preliminary investigations indicated that Dominguez had not requested security or reported any threats.
Tamaulipas has been wracked by drug cartel violence and the state is one where organized crime has often been able to intimidate media outlets through violence and threats.