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Jalisco cartel issues threats against journalist: What you need to know

Picture courtesy: Mexico News Daily

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel(CJNG) directly threatened a prominent journalist in a video, released Monday morning, for what they viewed as an unfair coverage.

The video showed masked and heavily armed men surrounding a man, who delivered a message on behalf of 'El Mencho', leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel. The message complained that Milenio Television was favouring so-called self-defense groups that are battling the Jalisco cartel in Michoacan state.

He threatened anchor Azucena Uresti to kill her and make her eat her words.

The man alleged that the vigilante groups were actually drug traffickers, the only organisation that could afford the armament those forces had at their disposal. The video also alleged that those groups are giving money to the media.

He also said that he did not want to inhibit freedom of expression, but just wanted the coverage to be even.

Milenio Television denied that it had ever favoured any group in its coverage. Supporting Uresti, the channel demanded a rapid investigation that guaranteed Uresti's safety.

The presidential spokesman said via Twitter that the Mexican government "will take the necessary measures to protect threatened journalists and news outlets".

The U.S.government names the CJNG as one of the most dangerous transnational criminal organisations in the world.

Mexico was the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist in 2020, according to Statista.

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