February 23, 2016
NEW YORK - Mexican journalist Moisés Dagdug Lutzow, who owned media company Grupo VX, was stabbed to death in his home in Villahermosa, Tabasco state, Saturday, local news reports said. Dagdug presented a weekly program for the company's television station TVX.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said Dagdug's murder comes as at least one journalist has been killed in direct retaliation for his work in Mexico this year. CPJ is also investigating the motive behind a third murder case.
Assailants stabbed Dagdug before fleeing in the journalist's vehicle, according to local news reports. His vehicle and a knife that may have been used in the attack were found abandoned on a highway about 15 kilometers away. Witnesses said they saw two individuals flee from the vehicle, according to reports.
Angel Antonio Jiménez, the director of news for Grupo VX, told CPJ he called police and the journalist's sister after hearing a loud noise while in the station's offices, which are opposite Dagdug's home, at about 7am. Jiménez said the noise was Dagdug's vehicle being driven through the closed gate of his property. He told CPJ investigators had been given footage from the news outlet's security cameras that show two men driving the vehicle through the gates after fleeing from Dagdug's house.
"Federal authorities must take decisive action to combat the grave press freedom crisis facing Mexico," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's senior program coordinator for the Americas. "This means vigorously investigating Moisés Dagdug Lutzow's murder and considering all possible motives, including that he might have been killed in reprisal for his work." - Committee to Protect Journalists
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