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Mexican Cartels Target Social Media Users

Since the Mexican government declared war on powerful drug cartels in 2006, social media has emerged as one of the main platforms for reporting about drug-related crime and corruption, filling a void left by professional journalists who were intimidated into silence. But for all its supposed advantages, including online anonymity, social media is hardly secure, as was demonstrated by the murder of two online critics earlier this week.

The mangled bodies of a man and a woman, both in their early 20s, were discovered hanging from a bridge Nuevo Laredo, just across the Texas border, along with a banner explaining:

"This is going to happen to all of those posting funny things on the Internet. You better f*cking pay attention. I'm about to get you."

The banner specified two blogs to be avoided, El Blog del Narco and Al Rojo Vivo, both of which have documented murders and official corruption. The note was signed with a "Z," indicating it was left by Los Zetas, a powerful gang based in Tamaulipas province. Read full article.

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