By Ingrid Bachmann
Sergio Villarreal (known as “El Grande”), suspected of connections to the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, accused Proceso journalist Ricardo Ravelo of asking for $50,000 to stop writing about him, Vanguardia reports.
Last week, a Proceso story on Villarreal – an ex federal police officer – said he used his political connections to arrange a meeting with President Felipe Calderón. On Dec. 1, in its nightly news show, Televisa denied that the meeting occurred and reported Villarreal’s accusations against Ravelo. In a later Televisa broadcast, commentators aired the accusations again and argued that the Proceso articles defamed public figures, LaCh.com explains.
Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.