Danger Room: Mexican Cartels Hang, Disembowel ‘Internet Snitches’

15.09.11

Categorie: Americas, Latin America, Mexico, Robert Beckhusen, Wired |
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HoyLaredo photo.

HoyLaredo photo.

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN

It’s no secret Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous places for working journalists. However, you’d think commenters on web forums and blogs would be treated differently — exempt, perhaps, from retaliation for speaking openly about the country’s deadly drug war.

You’d be wrong.

On Tuesday morning in the sprawling northern industrial metro of Nuevo Laredo, just across the Texas border, the bodies of two residents were found strung by their arms and legs from a pedestrian overpass. The appearance of the man and woman, both in their twenties, revealed signs of torture. The woman was disemboweled.

“This will happen to all the internet snitches (Frontera al Rojo VivoBlog Del Narco, or Denuncia Ciudadano),” read one banner accompanying the scene. Then a message. “Be warned, we’ve got our eye on you. Signed, Z.”

Read the rest at Danger Room.

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One Response to “Danger Room: Mexican Cartels Hang, Disembowel ‘Internet Snitches’”

  1. [...] Mexico Terrorism and sabotage charges were dropped against two people in the city of Veracruz on Wednesday after protest by citizens and human rights groups. The two “Twitter terrorists” were alleged to have used Twitter and Facebook in August to spread messages that local schools had come under attack by gangsters, causing panic among local parents. Meanwhile, international attention was drawn last week to two residents of Nuevo Laredo who were found hanged next to a banner with messages claiming the two used blogs and web forums to spread rumors and “snitch” on the Zetas. [...]

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