Knight Center
Knight Center

JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS Blog

Two young Mexicans killed for using social media to report crime




The bodies of two young people were hanged under a pedestrian bridge in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in retaliation for using social media, reported EFE.

The bodies were found with a poster warning anyone who uses social media to report crime. "This is going to happen to all of those posting silly things on the internet." The message was signed with the letter Z, alluding to the Los Zetas criminal organization, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Many social media users have started reporting on firefights and other violent acts along the U.S.-Mexico border through Twitter because of self-censorship on the part of local media fearing reprisals from organized crime, according to CNN.

More journalists have been killed in Mexico than anywhere else in Latin America. Click here to see a map of attacks on journalists in Mexico from the Knight Center. Also, see this Twitter feed from the Knight Center documenting freedom of expression abuses related to social media.



1 comment

 
Sergio Sahen wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

Two young Mexicans killed for using social media

This is absolutely meaning less. But this act reflects the lack of law and order in border area, This innocent killing should be stopped immediately.

Add your comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.


Newsletter

Subscribe to our twice weekly newsletter about journalism in the Americas.

Choose your language:


English
Español
Português


Please enter your e-mail address:


Facebook

Recent comments