Bloggers’ Gruesome Execution in Emerging Failed State: Mexico

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Tortured, disemboweled and hung from a bridge for tweeting

Couple killed by Mexican drug cartel as gruesome warning to bloggers who ‘snitch’ online

A couple have been found hanging from a bridge in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo after being disembowelled and mutilated by attackers. The motive for the gruesome attack was to warn social media users not to criticise Mexican drug cartels on the internet. Next to the battered bodies was a sign reading: ‘This is going to happen to all those posting funny things on the internet, You better (expletive) pay attention. I’m about to get you.’ Read more

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Mexico Drug War Attacks Social Media Users; Bodies Hung From Nuevo Laredo Bridge

In its annual report, Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press Survey said that Mexico took one of the biggest slides in press freedom in the world this year. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) also stated that Mexico is one of the most dangerous places on the planet for journalists and asked the President Felipe Calderón to do more to protect media workers. “President Calderón and the Mexican federal government need to do more—much more—to defend the media and create an environment in which journalists can do their jobs with some degree of safety,” wrote Joel Simon, executive director of the CPJ. “Safeguarding press freedom is in his own strategic interest. He cannot win the drug war if he cedes control of public information to the narcos.” The new threat to social media users also puts in jeopardy one of the few ways people in Mexico can obtain news about the drug war. Since the self-imposed media blackout, many citizens often rely on social networks for information about shootouts or other drug violence.   Read more