On January 13th, a Mexican columnist was stabbed 21 times in front of his son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren when he stopped at a traffic in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
According to Mexican authorities, Carlos Dominguez, 77, was the victim of a fatal attack by three unidentified armed men. Friends of Dominguez, who covered politics, organized crime and corruption in his nearly four-decade-long career, believe the attack was in response to controversial columns in El Diario de Nuevo Laredo.
According to the LA Times, Mexico and Syria are the most dangerous countries for journalists. In 2017, eleven journalists were killed and many have fled the country or have gone into hiding.
In Tamaulipas alone, 15 journalists have been killed since 2000, according to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission, an independent government watchdog,
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has described states such as Tamaulipas as “silence zones”, where local media keep crime coverage vague, often omitting names and detailed descriptions if any reporting is done at all.
“Tamaulipas is a well-known silence zone, perhaps the most notorious one in Mexico,” said Jan-Albert Hootsen, CPJ representative.
Mexico's National Human Rights Commission has sent investigators to Nuevo Laredo to look into Saturday's attack.