A journalist was shot dead on Wednesday in northeastern Mexico as he was leaving home with his 23-year-old daughter, who was seriously injured, according to state prosecutors and the newspaper that hired him. .
Antonio de la Cruz, 47, was a reporter for a local newspaper expresso for almost three decades. His death brings the number of journalists killed in the country to 12 this year, the deadliest for the Mexican press.
De la Cruz was shot at the door of his home in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the state of Tamaulipas on the US border. The region is vulnerable to violence linked to organized crime.
expresso Covers all kinds of news in the city including security issues. De la Cruz reported on rural and social topics such as water scarcity.
He also covered the Movimiento Ciudadano political party and its local deputy, Gustavo Cárdenas Gutierrez, who condemned the murder.
The newspaper’s director, Miguel Dominguez, said in an interview with Millenio Television, de la Cruz was “very aware of the reality of Tamaulipas, very brave.”
“He never expressed any concern for us,” Dominguez said.
expresso targeted for years. In 2012, one of the worst years of drug cartel violence, a car bomb exploded in front of the newspaper building.
In 2018, a cooler with a human head was left in the newspaper, with a warning not to report on violence in the city.
The governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Veca, promised an investigation into the murder so that “this cowardly crime will not go unpunished.”
The state prosecutor’s office said the special unit to investigate crimes against freedom of expression has been notified. The federal prosecutor’s office said it was opening an investigation.