The killing of a Mexican woman in retaliation for posts on an anti-crime website has stunned chat users and employees at the newspaper where she worked in the violent border city of Nuevo Laredo, reports the Associated Press. Press freedom groups condemned the killing of Maria Elizabeth Macias, whose decapitated body and head were found Saturday next to a message citing posts she wrote on “Nuevo Laredo en Vivo,” a website used by Laredo residents to denounce crime and warn each other about drug cartel gunfights and roadblocks.
“If we want to regain our peace and our freedom, we always have to fight on, I wouldn’t ask anybody to take up arms, clearly, but with our reports, we can do them damage,” said one poster logged on as “anon9113,” who quickly added a note of distrust, “don’t become friends with anybody on here [ ] we have to be careful with something as simple as giving out personal information.” Macias was the newspaper’s advertising supervisor. An editor said the killing apparently was not related to Macias’ job. The newspaper, in the face of intimidation and threats by drug gangs, stopped reporting on drug violence two years ago. “We were taken by surprise, because [ ] we don’t even do crime reporting,” said the editor. “We don’t have a crime reporter.”