Real danger when blogging about the drug war
Robert Lemos, writing in InfoWorld on November 1, updates the status of the Anonymous threat against Los Zetas:
Los Zetas hung two and decapitated one blogger in September.
Blogger "La Nena de Laredo" was 39 year old María Elizabeth Macías, the editor of Primera Hora, a daily based in Nuevo Laredo. Her decapitated body was discovered September 24. A poster was left with the body:
For those who don't believe this happened to me because of my actions, for trusting in the Army and Marines…
Thank you for your attention,
La Nena de Laredo
Since 2000, 74 journalists have been killed.
In the past twelve months 19 mayors and over 50 police officers have been killed.
Two hanging from a bridge
Robert Beckhusen, writing in the Wired.com Danger Room, filed this report September 15:
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 Vivo, Blog 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.”
Lemos, from InfoWorld, concluded with this item:
Worried about the impact on both misidentified people and Anonymous followers, other supporters of the Anonymous movement worked to dismantle the operation over the weekend. In effect, the group canceled the attack, according to online news site Milenio."
Milenio appears to have posted a tweet time-line documenting this development: Anonymous cancela operación contra cártel mexicano
Mike "FossilMedic" Ward