Mexican authorities found the body of a tortured and decapitated man Wednesday near the Texas border. It was the fourth murder in the border city of Nuevo Laredo linked to social media activity.
The man’s body was accompanied by a blood-stained blanket with writing in black ink saying, “Hi I’m ‘Rascatripas’ and this happened to me because I didn’t understand I shouldn’t post things on social networks.” (Per Wired’s translation.)
While fears are obviously apparent, civilians have been encouraged to use social media as a way to notify authorities about cartel whereabouts, actions and violence. Juan Carlos Romero, who helps lead the press freedom group Article 19, told the Associated Press that regular Mexicans turned to monitoring and reporting cartel actions over social media because local newspapers have stopped reporting about local crimes out of fear.