Citizen journalism in Mexico

When I was growing up Colombia was always the international face of drug trafficking. Now that role has passed to Mexico. Murder, kidnapping and other more gruesome crimes appear to be common place. 

Today, I saw the story of a journalist in Reynosa in Mexico. It's a pretty grim article about people putting their life on the line to report the news when the government, police, public and journalists are all either pressured or bribed to work for the drug cartels.

Two rival drug cartels in Tamaulipas, the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, have final say over what gets printed or broadcast in the local media. By necessity the people of the state increasingly have turned to social media to share information about organized crime and its infiltration of the government.

The article is a little sensational in its tone but it does link to another longer article about the city of Reynosa from 2010 by the CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists). It makes pretty grim reading because it makes you wonder how a city or country ever gets out of this sort of situation. 

The power of the mainstream media is diminishing with the rise of the internet and anyone can publish their own news and thoughts now. This is a useful way of working around censorship but obviously not without risks.