Arab Today, arab today mexicans turn to social media to report on drug war
Last Updated : GMT 17:45:31
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Mexicans turn to social media to report on drug war

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Mexicans turn to social media to report on drug war

Mexico City - AFP

They tweet and blog about street gunfights and murders in Mexican regions plagued by the drug war, keeping people informed about gangland crimes which local newspapers are too afraid to report on. With traditional media often intimidated by drug cartels, social media has given Mexicans a way to stay appraised about the dangers lurking in their towns and cities. \"They are killing like crazy! There\'s a shootout in the Lazaro Cardenas neighborhood. Steer clear of that area,\" read a warning tweeted by a writer in the northern city of Monterrey, the country\'s industrial heart now beset by drug violence. Monterrey, which has found itself caught in the crossfire in a turf war between the Zetas and the Gulf cartel, is just one city where reporting on drug crime is moving to social media. Analysts from Microsoft.com, led by Mexican researcher Andres Monroy Hernandez, followed for 16 months the Twitter activity of people in Monterrey, Reynosa, Saltillo and Veracruz -- all cities heavily affected by drug cartels. Their report, \"The New War Correspondents: The rise of civic media curation in urban warfare,\" noted a prevalence of words like \"bomb blasts,\" \"gunshots\" and \"gunmen\" on the microblogging site between August 2010 and November 2011. Just one-third of Mexicans have access to the Internet, and only 20 percent of them write daily on Twitter. But in the four cities studied by Microsoft.com, there are \"twice as many retweets\" than in US cities like Seattle, Monroy Hernandez told AFP. The study found that the day with the heaviest Twitter activity was on August 25, 2011, when alleged members of the Zetas torched the Casino Royale of Monterrey, leaving 52 people dead. Pictures from the deadly attack and names of victims were shared 7,000 times. The analysts have identified a half dozen Twitter accounts seen as must-follow sources on the latest development in the drug war. -- Risky reporting -- From the greater safety of anonymity with no bylines, these \"social media curators\" spend as much as 15 hours each day gathering information about particularly horrifying acts of violence. \"They have a lot of visibility in these cities but they try to stay anonymous,\" said Monroy Hernandez, who interviewed the curators and found that most are ordinary citizens reporting on crime for altruistic reasons. One curator who only gave her name as Claudia said: \"It\'s as if I had a new beat covering social media covering the urban warfare that we are currently experiencing.\" The epidemic of drug violence that has claimed more than 70,000 lives in Mexico since 2006 has made this one of the most dangerous countries for journalists. Since 2000, 86 journalists have been killed and another 18 have gone missing, according to Mexico\'s Human Rights Commission. The rise of social media reporting is a result of \"the role of the press as a provider of information being hampered, the increased pressure it finds itself under, the lack of protection afforded journalists -- and the dangerousness of the drug traffickers,\" said Octavio Islas, director of strategic digital communication at the Monterrey Institute of Technology. Despite their efforts to stay in the shadows, some bloggers have faced the wrath of drug gangs. A government official who works in the intelligence field said cartels have ways to access information, intercept phone calls and determine the identity of a site\'s administrator. In September 2011, the decapitated body of a 39-year-old mother of two was found in Nuevo Laredo, which borders the United States. Next to her body, police found a keyboard and a note explaining that she was killed for her online writing about organized crime. A few days earlier, the bodies of a man and a women -- both bloggers -- were found hanging from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo. The victims were correspondents \"who regularly sent us information,\" said a woman who goes by the name Lucy and who edits \"El Blog del Narco,\" which publishes stories, graphic photos of headless bodies and videos about the daily violence. Lucy was forced to flee to Spain after the disappearance of her partner, who had been in charge of maintaining security for the site. She used online posts from journalists, police, soldiers, taxi drivers, housewives and even members of the crime gangs, all of whom provided photos, videos and other documentary evidence of the heinous drug trafficking business. Another blogger uses a Facebook page, \"Valor de Tamaulipas,\" to report on one of Mexico\'s most crime-plagued states. Crime syndicates offered nearly $47,000 for information about the blogger, but the page\'s administrator has refused to stop posting about crime.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today mexicans turn to social media to report on drug war Arab Today, arab today mexicans turn to social media to report on drug war

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today mexicans turn to social media to report on drug war Arab Today, arab today mexicans turn to social media to report on drug war

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today Taxi! Transport gets an overhaul

GMT 12:09 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Taxi! Transport gets an overhaul
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Turkey warns of 'security' steps

GMT 12:17 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Turkey warns of 'security' steps
Arab Today, arab today North Korea 'more opaque'

GMT 10:50 2017 Sunday ,24 September

North Korea 'more opaque'
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Ministry seeks to improve education

GMT 14:49 2017 Sunday ,17 September

Ministry seeks to improve education
Arab Today, arab today 'Lady Beast' fights for girl gamers

GMT 10:27 2017 Sunday ,24 September

'Lady Beast' fights for girl gamers
Arab Today, arab today Psychologists help Mexico deal

GMT 05:05 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Psychologists help Mexico deal
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Third generation adds more power

GMT 13:40 2017 Sunday ,24 September

Third generation adds more power
Arab Today, arab today Carmakers face billions in European

GMT 12:37 2017 Saturday ,23 September

Carmakers face billions in European
Arab Today, arab today Lebleba is preoccupied in filming 'Back Street'

GMT 08:56 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Lebleba is preoccupied in filming 'Back Street'
Arab Today, arab today Big Western brands polluting oceans

GMT 20:10 2017 Saturday ,23 September

Big Western brands polluting oceans

GMT 08:59 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Youssra prepares for launching her program

GMT 10:16 2017 Friday ,22 September

All eyes on May as she prepares

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 12:01 2017 Wednesday ,20 September

Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands brace

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 18:11 2017 Saturday ,23 September

Doctor provides advices to families

GMT 13:36 2017 Saturday ,23 September

unveils Joon - the 'millenials' airline

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 12:46 2017 Thursday ,21 September

Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday