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Reporters Give Advice, Get Money from Mexico Cartel: Video

Reporters Give Advice, Get Money from Mexico Cartel: Video

Two journalists in the Pacific Coast state of Michoacan received money from the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel for presumably giving advice about what communications strategy the group should employ, demonstrating the sometimes nefarious connection between journalists and the criminal subjects they cover.  Read More

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The Knights Templar (Cabelleros Templarios) is a splinter group of the once-mighty Familia Michoacana, which emerged in March 2011. Like their predecessors in the Familia, the Knights Templar cast themselves as a "self-defense" movement engaged in a struggle with Mexico's larger criminal cartels on behalf of the Michaocan population, and frequently employ religious imagery in their public communiques.

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  • Reporters Give Advice, Get Money from Mexico Cartel: Video

    Two journalists in the Pacific Coast state of Michoacan received money from the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel for presumably giving advice about what communications strategy the group should employ, demonstrating the sometimes nefarious connection between journalists and the criminal subjects they cover. 

  • Criminal Attack Isolates Towns in Security-Challenged Guerrero, Mexico

    Public transportation connecting the mountain region with the center of Mexico's Guerrero state has been suspended after a criminal group detained several vehicles, underscoring the security challenges faced by the central government in this state and in neighboring Michoacan.

  • Video Shows Mexico Vigilante Leader's Cartel Ties

    Video footage has emerged of a vigilante leader in Michoacan, Mexico, meeting with the head of the Knights Templar just months before he joined a government-organized "Rural Defense Force," giving weight to fears over the criminalization of self-defense militias.

  • Amid Vigilante Surge, Homicides Up 45% in Michoacan, Mexico

    Homicide and extortion levels have risen significantly this year in Michoacan, southwest Mexico, indicating that vigilante groups have not proven successful at reducing violence, and may be contributing to the worsening security situation.

  • Knights Templar-Linked Mexico Mayor Arrested for Murder, Extortion

    A mayor in Mexico's southwestern Michoacan state has been accused of murder, extortion and working with the Knights Templar, in a case highlighting the criminal group's infiltration into the murky world of Michoacan politics.

  • Mexico's ‘La Tuta’ Acts as Judge In Latest Knights Templar Video

    The latest video installment from Mexico's Knights Templar leader "La Tuta" shows the drug lord dividing up the inheritance of a deceased local businessman, illustrating how the criminal group has assumed social and judicial functions in the state of Michoacan.

  • The Mayor and the Mafioso: The Movie

    A video of a tearful mayor from Michoacan, Mexico pleading for the help of the Knights Templar offers yet another example of both the extent of the criminal group's reach and the impossible position in which they often put local politicians.

  • Has Mexico Neutralized the Knights Templar Boss?

    A senior security official in Mexico has claimed that the leader of the Knights Templar criminal organization is "practically neutralized," but "La Tuta's" latest YouTube rant suggests the notorious cartel boss is not ready to bow out just yet.

  • Mexico Governor Resigns Amid Accusations of Family Ties to Knights Templar

    The governor of Mexico's southwestern state of Michoacan has resigned, marking the end to a term during which both state and local officials have been accused of colluding with and facilitating the activities of organized crime. 

  • Ex-Michoacan Governor Case Spotlights Knights Templar Political Network

    The former interim governor of Mexico's southwest Pacific state of Michoacan has been sent to federal prison for alleged Knights Templar ties, in a case highlighting the far reaching corrupt political network that facilitated the group's expansion.