The victims were tortured and killed for reporting criminal activity in Nuevo Laredo.
By H. Nelson Goodson
September 14, 2011
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico – On Tuesday, police and the Mexican military responded to emergency calls by several people driving through the Nuevo Laredo airport highway, who noticed and reported two bodies hanging from Los Mayas bridge. Authorities arrived around 3:00 a.m. and found the body of a 25-year-old man wearing a white and blue stripes Polo shirt with red shorts and a 28-year-old woman, who was seminude and only wearing shorts with yellow squares design. Both victims showed signs of torture before being killed, according to the preliminary police report.
Two messages in several posters were also recovered. The messages indicated the victims were killed because they posted and reported criminal activity in social networks, including the Internet pages of Al Rojo Vivo and the Blog del Narco.
The killer or killers threaten to do the same thing to other people who reported criminal activity through social networks, Twitter and Facebook in the Nuevo Laredo area. They also threaten to kill those who manage the Internet pages. The messages were signed “Z,” most likely meaning Zetas, according to authorities.
Al Rojo Vivo is a daily afternoon program aired by Telemundo and hosted by María Celeste and is also featured on the Internet. Los Zetas didn’t confirm, if they were actually threatening to kill the host of Al Rojo Vivo.
No other webpage except Al Rojo Vivo managed by Aguasdigital dot com was found in the Internet with the name of Al Rojo Vivo, including Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo.
People throughout Mexico, especially in the border towns have resorted to using social networks, Twitter and Internet pages to denounce and report criminal activity in their area. Several years ago, most local media and newspapers around border towns between the U.S. and Mexico began censoring criminal activity news because they have been threatened. Criminal organizations have even attacked newspapers with granades or drive-by shootings. Some media outlets remained defiant, while others choose to limit reporting on criminal activity by drug cartels.
Reporters, journalists, editors and newspaper owners have been kidnapped and killed as a result of reporting criminal activity in Mexico. So far, 74 Mexican journalists have been killed since 2002 and 11 missing without a trace, according to Fundalex (Foundation for Freedom of Expression).
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