In recent years, he had been very critical of former Nuevo Laredo mayor Carlos Cantú Rosas and the current mayor of the nearby city of San Nicolás, Verónica Castellanos. His articles also often criticized the frequent kidnappings and the increase in organized crime violence in Nuevo Laredo.
On the eve of his murder, he wrote an impassioned editorial headlined, ‘Mexico shaken by election period violence’ in which he denounced the failures of the federal government’s security policies and the past 18 years of impunity. He also accused the mayor of San Nicolás of “turning on journalists who criticize her enormous shortcomings.”
Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, stated, “I condemn the assassination of Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez in Mexico and urge the authorities to ensure an effective investigation” adding, “bringing journalists’ killers to justice is crucial to end violence against those who defend the public’s right to know.”
Source: Reporters without Borders / UNESCO