They Should Have Used Freenet
Wednesday a blogger in Nuevo Laredo that was known on social networking sites only by his nickname – Rascatripas (or Belly Scratcher) became the fourth Mexican blogger since early September to be killed.
According to the news report that I read he helped moderate “En vivo” a site that posts news about shootouts and other illegal activities of the Zetas a narcotics and extortion gang that pretty much controls the city.
His head had been cut off
Why would somebody do this? The answer to that is in a note that was found with his headless body.
“This happened to me for not understanding that I shouldn’t report on the social networks,”
Simply put, the Zetas were trying to not only shut him up but also to send a message to anyone else that would report on their activities.
In late September another blogger who had also been beheaded was found in the same location. Earlier that month a man and woman were hung from an overpass. There was a sign left with them saying that they had been killed because of their activity in social media.
Had they used Fcon they might well all still be alive today.
Using Fcon (freenet classic opennet) they could have posted their information anonymously within the network where it could then have been picked up and re-posted by people operating outside the reach of the Zetas and the corrupt government officials that help them.
so if you’ve ever asked yourself why you should run Fcon, this is one good example. Had Fcon been large enough and these people had known about it, using it could well have saved their lives and allowed them to continue working to expose the Zetas.
Who knows, maybe your doing so will save a life. Isn’t even the remote possibility of that worth the little bit of effort it takes to set up and run an Fcon node? I certainly think so.
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