Juarez, Mexico – An anonymous, twentysomething blogger is giving Mexicans what they can't get elsewhere an inside view of their country's raging drug war.
In less than six months of operating from behind a thick curtain of computer security, Blog del Narco has become Mexico's go-to Internet site at a time when mainstream media are feeling pressure and threats to stay away from the story.
Many postings, including warnings and a beheading, appear to come directly from drug traffickers. Others depict crime scenes accessible only to military or police.
The undifferentiated content suggests that all sides are using the blog drug gangs to project their power, law enforcement to show that it too can play rough, and the public to learn about incidents that the mainstream media are forced to ignore or play down.
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