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Mexican press outlets glorify violent drug cartel toy giveaway

December 30, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican press outlets glorify violent drug cartel toy giveaway

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The day after Christmas, members of the Los Zetas cartel operated in plain public sight with complete impunity, as they delivered toys to the poor areas around the city of Nuevo Laredo. Some local press outlets glorified the vicious cartel for their giveaway while ignoring the countless acts of violence, executions, torture, and disappearances that the criminal organizations has carried out.

The toy giveaway was conducted by the Los Zetas cartel faction known as the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN). The criminal organization has been implicated in a fierce turf war with their rivals, Grupo Bravo and Vieja Escuela Z.

The strife between the two cartel factions has resulted in near daily kidnappings, gun battles, killings, and gory executions in Tamaulipas and across Mexico.

According to El Debate, trucks loaded with turkeys, ham, toys, and other food items went through the poorest areas in Nuevo Laredo including La Joya, El Recuerdo, and others to hand out the presents. Each container included a Christmas card from the Cartel Del Noreste.

After the giveaway, the Tamaulipas Attorney General launched an investigation into the operations of the criminal organization, Breitbart Texas reported.

State officials also notified their federal counterparts to carry out a probe into the case. Part of the inquiry deals with how authorities only learned about the matter after local news outlets ran stories with explicit detail about the cartel’s actions.

The news outlets, which appeared to have inside knowledge of the event, include El Grafico, El Lider, the radio station Stereo 91, and online news outlets such as Revista Sin Fronteras, Corporativo RadioNet, and Rtnoticias.com.mx.

Former Nuevo Laredo Mayor, Jose Suarez-Lopez, is the publisher and part owner of El Grafico and El Lider. Suarez-Lopez was the mayor of Nuevo Laredo when Tomas Yarrington served as the Tamaulipas governor.

Yarrington and a second former governor, Eugenio Hernandez Flores, are both wanted fugitives by the United States Department of Justice. Despite being fugitives, both men had been receiving state-funded personal security detail.

Yarrington and a second former governor, Eugenio Hernandez Flores, are both wanted fugitives by the United States Department of Justice. Despite being fugitives, both men had been receiving state-funded personal security detail.

Although Suarez-Lopez is not facing prosecution in the U.S., he has been cited in Mexican court documents by the testimony of Cesar Eduardo “El Pollo” Garcia Martinez.

The former cartel member turned state informant alleged that Suarez-Lopez would accept money from drug cartels during his term in office. The testimony of “El Pollo” in the past has implicated mayors, governors, and other public officials as having accepted bribes from drug cartels.

Mexican drug cartels tend to have complete editorial control over press outlets not only through threats but also through paid individuals referred to as “links” or “enlaces.”

Those people are connected with the criminal organization and are assigned to convey to other beat reporters what not to publish or what the proper spin on a story should be. Usually, the links are to ensure that the press avoids reporting on cartel murders, shootouts, and other stories that could portray the cartel in a negative light.

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