Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets have played a critical role in the self-imposed media blackout across parts of Mexico, but now their users could be intimidated as well.
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.
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.