The president of Mexico has pledged to protect one of the country’s leading journalists after a powerful drug cartel allegedly threatened to kill her. It was the latest in a series of recent violence against reporters in Mexico.
In a video message delivered in the name of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, Lopez Obrador said a protection scheme had been set up for Azucena Uresti, the anchorwoman at news network Milenio who received the threat.
The mask-wearing man accused Uresti of showing bias in coverage toward the so-called self-defense groups battling the gang in Michoacan state.
At his regular morning news conference, Lopez Obrador, who frequently criticizes hostile media, expressed “solidarity” with Uresti.
“I completely condemn these threats,” he said, adding that the gang would not be tolerated.
On Twitter, Uresti defended himself against the gang’s allegations, thanking Lopez Obrador on behalf of all those whom the gang has harassed and threatened.
Media protection groups identify Mexico as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media professionals. According to a senior government official, nearly 140 journalists have been murdered since 2010.