Mexican journalist Hector Gonzalez Antonio beaten to death

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Among the topics dealt with Gonzalez a question of security in the state of Tamaulipas.

A Mexican journalist has been found beaten to death in northeastern Mexico, becoming the sixth media worker killed this year in a country already awash with drug gang violence and riddled with political corruption. His corpse was found Tuesday on a dirt road in the state capital, Ciudad Victoria. In January, Gonzalez wrote about the killing of a Tamaulipas journalist who was stabbed to death while waiting with his family at a stoplight.

Authorities in the northern Mexican border state of Tamaulipas say a journalist with the national newspaper Excelsior has been killed.

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At least six journalists, including Antonio, have been killed in Mexico in 2018. And earlier this month, radio journalist Juan Carlos Huerta was shot dead outside his home in Villahermosa in the southeast of the country.

According to Reporters Without Borders, Mexico is one of the most unsafe countries in the world to be a journalist; at least 11 were killed in the country in 2017.

Gonzalez wrote about security and politics - two notoriously unsafe subjects for Mexican reporters, Jan-Albert Hootsen, Mexico representative for CJP, told the Los Angeles Times. "I also call for immediate answers in this case and for justice".

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RSF ranks Mexico 147th out of 180 countries on its World Press Freedom Index.

The vast majority of the cases have gone unpunished - as do more than 90 percent of violent crimes in Mexico.

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