Mexican Cartel Kills 4th Blogger

Nuevo Laredo website moderator was tortured, decapitated
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2011 1:01 AM CST
This note warning against posting information about drug cartels on social media sites was found next to the decapitated body of a woman in Nuevo Laredo in September.    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – In Nuevo Laredo, what you say on the Internet can cost you your life. A man who helped moderate a website that posted news of shootouts and other Zetas cartel activities—something local newspapers have largely stopped doing—was found dead at an intersection in the Mexican border city, the Houston Chronicle reports. He had been tortured and decapitated. "This happened to me for not understanding that I shouldn't report on the social networks," said a note left next to the body.

A female blogger in the city was found decapitated in late September and the brutalized bodies of a man and woman were hung from a bridge earlier that month, with a sign saying they had been killed for their online activity. Some social media users have vowed not to give up. "Let's continue denouncing them, now that we've seen it burns them, hurts them," read one posting on the site the murdered man moderated. "We have to continue. We can't give in." Anonymous, however, has backed away from its plan to attack the Zetas.

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