CATWOMAN MURDERED.

After discussing the concept of citizen journalism in this week’s lecture, I remembered an article I read late last year– something that sat with me for quite a while. A classmate of mine posted a link to this article in our journalism forum on Facebook, “She Tweeted against the Mexican Cartels, they Tweeted her murder”
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/21/she-tweeted-against-the-mexican-cartels-they-tweeted-her-murder.html

So basically, what went down, is this:
A private, and wanted, citizen journalist in Talaiumpas, Mexico– who tweeted about dangerous whereabouts and did much to help the endangered citizens of this state– was found (she tweeted her name and location as a surrender) and then killed by the drug cartels. After she tweeted posts warning citizens against this kind of social media activism, the narcos tweeted photographs of her being killed from her own account.

In a community where all of the problems weren’t being reported on (because the drug cartels had a hold on the local newspapers), a middle-aged physician, raged with passion, was willing to risk her own life in order for these important messages to be heard.
We learn that journalism is changing– in all different kinds of ways. Yes- it’s moving online. We can see that this is done by Felina because she used Twitter in order to reach as many individuals across the state. But also, our media has become so corrupt that we can hardly even trust what’s put in the newspapers anymore.

Journalism used to be about the bigger picture– the controversial pieces that made you think “yes, this is journalism- this is good journalism”. It’s only until now that the paradigm has shifted. With people like Rupert Murdoch running our mainstream media- telling us everything he, and only he, wants us to hear- it’s very hard for us toΒ not just want to go out and do it all ourselves. If the journalists aren’t really doing their jobs at the moment (not their fault), maybe it’s our mission to try and do something about it.

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4 thoughts on “CATWOMAN MURDERED.

  1. I’m surprised i never heard about this case of the citizen journalist in mexico, a very startling reminder that even the singular citizen journalist can face the consequences of their words like any other journalist out there, in the name for the story. It’s a horrible fact, that people like Felina are backed into a corner, forced to surrender and be killed just because they dared to speak the truth and tell others about it. It’s even more sad that she surrendered via social media! The platform meant to be there for her voice to be heard not silenced.
    There is a safety in numbers as we know, which i think is where citizen journalism- once it hopefully expands more- can help to stop people getting killed for simply saying what they feel they need to say. If there are more citizen journalists, all with a piece of that ‘collective intelligence’, silencing one won’t silence the many. The more of us there are, the harder it will be to stop the discourse.
    You picked an incredibly powerful example for your post, kudos to you, on highlighting this part of citizen journalism.

  2. This was an extremely interesting example to use, and really captures the significance and importance of access and freedom of expression that often skips hand in hand with citizen journalism. Citizen journalists, as you’ve shown here, have the freedom and choice to speak how they want, and although the consequence in this case of doing so was horrible, it highlights the positives that come out of citizen journalism, the most evident being the “independent” and “uninfluenced” nature of it.

    Great post, the only thing I would say is don’t be too hard on the journo’s and the media! It is true for many what you have said but there are a few good intentioned media sources still out there, in it for the right reasons!!!

    Cool post overall! πŸ™‚

  3. Hey Annika! This was such an interesting post and I am surprised I hadn’t heard of this story before. It really highlights the extreme dangers of citizen journalism in unstable countries such as Mexico. It’s so hard to believe how much these criminals truly do overrule the law and cannot be stopped doing these things. Felina was a very brave woman doing what she did, exposing organised crime via Twitter, however, it leaves you wondering if it was worth it. As she herself said, it most definitely wasn’t, but you have to wonder how many people she potentially saved by tweeting these things. It’s unfortunate that she was caught the way she was- even though they don’t know for sure how they discovered her identity, it was perhaps out of pure bad luck and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Who knows how long she could have continued to do what she was doing? This is an awesome post and I’m glad I got to read about this case- maybe try making your links hyperlinks to make the post look neater? Also, an image or two wouldn’t hurt to make it even more interesting!

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