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Reed continued, “Twitter users reporting on criminal activities in Mexico need to be aware of their own safety when posting, organized crime may not be able to stop reporting as a whole but criminals would not hesitate to target specific individuals as opportunities arise. Anonymity with social media is relative, not absolute; there’s always a chance for an ‘anonymous’ user to be targeted.” said Reed.

Local movements against organized crime have also benefited from the options Twitter provides. In the state of Coahuila, an organization that associates itself with the group Anonymous (@YourAnonNews), has waged a battle against corrupt politicians and the drug cartel Zetas. The group has vowed to expose those living among them as the criminals that they are.

A brief interview of the spokesperson of Anonymous FREE ACUNA (@FreeAcuna) showed the group is very adamant about using Twitter in the fight against corruption. “Twitter is important in Mexico, because our media has been compromised. Since TELEVISA and TV Azteca are in bed with the PRI and the PRI in bed with the narcos, we will never get the truth from television or print media. Therefore Twitter makes us mobile citizen journalists. It is the only true form of journalism that we have.”

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  • Social media 6%
  • Websites/news feeds 58%
  • Televised newscast 14%
  • Physical newspaper 7%
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  • Word of mouth 3%
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ElConejo Sept. 4, 2013 @ 10:35 a.m.

Very good story. Twitter has become a great tool to fill the gap which corruption has left.


rhperez9 Sept. 4, 2013 @ 11:24 a.m.

Great story but almost scary to think how social media has so much control over the safety of these people.


K. Mennem Sept. 5, 2013 @ 7:36 a.m.

Thank you both. Twitter and other social media tools have definitely helped boost alertness and information in these areas. Vetting these sources when using it for ones own safety is vital.


John Kitchin Sept. 7, 2013 @ 12:28 p.m.

FREEACUNA says it all, and a good quote worth repeating: "Since TELEVISA and TV Azteca are in bed with the PRI and the PRI in bed with the narcos, we will never get the truth from television or print media." We have that same problem in the United States, but people do not know about it, unlike Mexico where everyone knows that the political parties both sell the dope AND run the major news media. The PRI, of course, is the United States Republican Party, Washington, DC, and if you donate to a PRI candidate, your check comes back from the bank with that endorsement. I did just that, years ago.


Matingas Sept. 8, 2013 @ 6:37 p.m.

You forgot the hashtag #PuroTijuas :D


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