Mexican Drug Criminals Strike Out Again At Mexican Journalists

Another journalist has been found murdered in Mexico at the hands of Mexican drug dealers as they try to silence Mexican media in reporting or commenting on the drug cartel wars and drug activity.

The decapitated body of Maria Elizabeth Macias was found in the northern city Nuevo Laredo in the state of Tamaulipas on Saturday. Macias was the editor of the Mexican newspaper Primera Hora. A message left with her body accused her of denouncing drug violence on social media as happened to two others earlier this month who used social media as reported here.

The mutilated bodies of those two were found hanging beneath a bridge with signs from drug gangs warning people about what they say in regards to the cartels. They were not journalists but Mexican citizens using various forms of social media to complain or comment about the drug cartels.

Marcias is the third female journalist murdered this month. The bodies of reporter Ana María Yarce Viveros the founder of the weekly magazine Contralínea and Rocio González Trápaga who was a freelance journalist and use to work for Televisa were found in a Mexico City park on September 1.

According to a BBC report which is the basis of this posting, Tamaulipas has been at the centre of a bloody turf war between the Zetas and their former allies turned bitter rivals, the Gulf cartel.

Beheadings have become a common feature of many murders carried out by the Zetas, aimed at terrorising rivals and those who they consider snitches.

In an article written today at Reporters Without Borders, Manuel Gabriel Fonseca Hernández, a journalist who covers crime for El Mañanero de Acayucan, a newspaper in the south of Veracruz state, and who also writes for El Diario de Acayucan, Tribuna del Sur and La Verdad, has meanwhile been missing since 19 September. His family says that, on the day he disappeared, he went out to conduct interviews for a story he was doing for his main newspaper.

Rafael Pineda, a well-known cartoonist known as Rapé, meanwhile reported on Twitter on 22 September that he was leaving Veracruz state for safety reasons. Around 15 other journalists have fled to other states or fled the country in the past two months. Pineda draws cartoons for the magazines El Chamucho and Zócalo, the newspaper Milenio and the “¡Basta de Sangre!” – “No + sangre” campaign.