Mexican Blogger Decapitated; Cartels’ War on Social Media Spreads
The moderator of a popular Mexican social network has been murdered, allegedly for tipping off the authorities about the local drug cartel.
Nicknamed “Rascatripas” or “Scraper” (literally “Fiddler”) on the network Nuevo Laredo en Vivo, the 35-year-old appears to have been handcuffed, tortured, decapitated and dumped beside a statue of Christopher Columbus one mile from the Texas border. Below the man’s body was a partially obscured and blood-stained blanket. Written on the blanket in black ink: “Hi I’m ‘Rascatripas’ and this happened to me because I didn’t understand I shouldn’t post things on social networks.”
The discovery of the body Wednesday morning brings the total number of bloggers and social media networkers apparently killed in the past three months by organized crime in Mexico — and in the border city of Nuevo Laredo — to four. It’s another sign of that a war in Mexico against media (or rather, an ongoing media war) has turned even more dangerous.
Blatant assassinations and ruthless control are the hallmarks of the Mexican Drug Cartels. Clearly these anonymous reports on their activities are doing a lot of damage or they wouldn’t be making examples of these bloggers.