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Two in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, possibly killed for using social media to report crime

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Social media has helped to fill in the gaps when reporters stay silent in Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries for journalists fearful of repercussions from drug gangs.

The grassroots efforts to inform the public about cartel-related violence include the Blog del Narco, as well as ample use of Twitter and Facebook.

But now even those outlets might soon be muzzled. This week, two residents in northeastern Nuevo Laredo were reportedly found hanging from a bridge with a note attached to them that threatens others who use social media to report crime.

"That will happen to all of them," read the message. It was accompanied with a letter “Z,” apparently a message from the Zetas.

This is bad news for free speech in Mexico, where a self-imposed media blackout is the norm in large swaths of the country. Reporters see things, but dare not write about them. In the most recent case, two female media workers were killed in Mexico City, prompting a march of 500 industry workers to demand proper investigations.

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