HomeNewsBriefFacebook Page Monitoring Security in Mexico Threatened
BRIEF

Facebook Page Monitoring Security in Mexico Threatened

MEXICO / 15 FEB 2013 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

A Facebook page tracking security updates in the northern state of Tamaulipas has been threatened by an unidentified criminal or group of criminals, calling attention to the risks faced by similiar social media services in Mexico.

Valor Por Tamaulipas, which has over 150,000 "Likes" on Facebook as of February 15, was the target of a threatening pamphlet distributed in various cities in Tamaulipas state, reports Proceso

The flier offered a reward worth over $46,000 in exchange for identifying the page administrator, and included a cell phone number at the bottom.

An administrator at the Valor Por Tamaulipas page responded to the threat, posting, "I'm not playing at being a hero, I'm doing what I have to do as a citizen." 

The page posts frequent updates about security dynamics in Tamaulipas, including reports of theft from gas pipelines and the license plate number of a car associated with extortion collectors. 

InSight Crime Analysis

Valor Por Tamaulipas is one of several micro-blogging services in Mexico that issue alerts about violence and crime. The practice has become popular on Twitter, where users use hashtags such as #reynosafollow, #mtyfollow, and #verfollow to track violence in specific regions (Reynosa, Monterrey, and Veracruz respectively).

Citizen micro-blogging about local crime dynamics has spread in Mexico to compensate, in part, for the silence of the press. As documented in a recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalists in Zacatecas state, both local and national media in Mexico often rely on self-censorship when reporting on organized crime, as a way to protect themselves from threats. 

Mexico remains one of the most dangerous countries in the region for journalists, but social media curators have also faced threats. In September 2011, an administrator at the Nuevo Laredo en Vivo website, which tracked violence in Nuevo Laredo, was found dead, alongside a sign suggesting she had been killed due to her activity online. 

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

CHINA AND CRIME / 29 SEP 2021

Mexican geoduck clam populations are suffering as legal harvests are threatened by rampant poaching, which has driven the species onto…

FENTANYL / 1 DEC 2022

Nuevo Laredo was set ablaze following the capture of a Northeast Cartel leader. But what does this mean for the…

GUATEMALA / 23 SEP 2021

The Jalisco Cartel New Generation, which has rapidly expanded to become Mexico's greatest criminal threat, may now be spreading its…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Escaping Barrio 18

27 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an investigation charting the story of Desafío, a 28-year-old Barrio 18 gang member who is desperate to escape gang life. But there’s one problem: he’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…