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Journalist killed in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

AP  |  Ciudad Victoria (Mexico) 

A was killed Saturday in the Mexican border state of and authorities said they were investigating to see if his death was related to his work.

was slain in the city of Nuevo Laredo across from while driving in a car with relatives who were unhurt in the attack, Luis Alberto Rodriguez told Rodriguez said the body had stab wounds and there may have been gunshots.

In the past, the 77-year-old Dominguez had worked for different print media outlets, including de Nuevo Laredo newspaper, but he was currently an independent who wrote opinion columns for websites, Rodriguez and other journalists said.

If it is confirmed that Dominguez was murdered for his work, he would be the slain for his profession in the new year after a deadly 2017 that saw at least 10 killed in what international press groups called a crisis for freedom of expression in

Earlier in January, a editor was killed in City in a robbery apparently unrelated to his profession. Rodriguez said preliminary investigations indicated that Dominguez had not reported receiving any threats or requested security.

released a statement saying it "will act firmly against any attack on freedom of expression and the labor of communicators."

has been wracked by drug cartel violence and the state is one where organized has often been able to intimidate into silence through violence and threats.

Both the and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have expressed concern about the impunity surrounding the killings of journalists in

On January 7, in Guerrero state in southern Mexico, several journalists reported being roughed up. Bernandino Hernandez, who has worked with the AP, said state police beat, kicked and dragged the journalists.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 11:05 IST