Updated Tuesday, August 10, 2021 –
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The cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) has once again shown why Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism. The criminal group has spread two videos on social networks in which its leader, Nemesio Rubn Oseguera, alias The Mencho, directly threatens journalists and the media for its coverage of the crisis of violence that the state of Michoacn.
Upon hearing the news, the government of Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador has announced that it will take measures to guarantee the safety of the persons indicated and thus prevent the list of murdered journalists this year – which is now six – continue to increase.
“Wherever you are I will find you and I will make you eat your words, even if they accuse me of femicide, because they do not know me, Rubn Oseguera Cervantes, that I am not a cobracuota, nor do I extort, nor kidnap”, warns the leader of the CJNG, in a threatening tone, to the journalist from Milenio, Azucena Uresti. Surrounded by six heavily armed hitmen with their faces covered, The Mencho read a statement in which he accuses media such as Milenio, Televisa and El Universal of being in collusion with the Self-defense, as the groups of civilians who arm themselves to defend themselves against organized crime are known, when in reality they are “extortionists and criminals.”
The state of Michoacn goes through a spiral of violence, product of the drug war for the territory, which has been charged the lives of 1,280 people in the first half of this year. In the municipality of Tepalcatepec, the CJNG attacks are continuous and have forced its inhabitants to organize, together with municipal police, to defend their home from the arrival of organized crime. In this context The Mencho has accused Juan Faras, leader of a local cartel, Hiplito Mora, founder of Autodefensas, and the criminal group The Viagras’ of being undercover drug traffickers and having given money to various media outlets in exchange for favorable coverage.
Unlike its rivals, the leader of the CJNG assures that “I am a drug trafficker with great pride and my place has cost me” and insists that “I am not against freedom of expression, but I know who shoots me directly. Do not carry you with problems that do not correspond to you because I had never hit any newscast.” The reaction of human rights organizations, unions and political and social actors to the threats of drug trafficking has been forceful, demanding that Lpez Obrador take urgent measures to guarantee the safety of communicators of the country. The Government, for its part, has issued a statement through spokesperson Jess Ramrez, in which it reiterates, without going into details, that they will take “pertinent measures to protect threatened journalists and media.”
The United States Department of Justice considers that the CJNG is the “best armed” and “most powerful” criminal organization of Mexico, above even his rivals from the Sinaloa cartel. The hitmen of The Mencho They are known for their brutality and their penchant for using social media to intimidate their rivals. A month ago they published a video in which paraded in broad daylight through the municipality of Aguililla, transported in heavy war vehicles and military camouflage, although perhaps one of their most memorable episodes was the attempted assassination of the Mexico City police chief.
In June 2020, in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of the capital, a CJNG commando unloaded more than 400 bullets on the convoy that transported to Omar Garca-Harfuch, causing the death of two of his bodyguards and a civilian. The Mencho tops the list of the 10 most wanted criminals by the US and the DEA offers a reward of 10 million dollars to anyone who provides information leading to their capture.
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