Sep 8, 2011

Human Rights - free speech: Mexico's Twitter 'terrorism' case sparks controversy

This article includes interviews that look at the issues of free speech vs. public security. "One Mexican state's tough stance on Twitter posts could have a chilling effect on social media throughout the country, analysts say.

After false rumors about school attacks spread on Twitter and Facebook and caused real-life chaos on the streets of the city of Veracruz, state prosecutors accused two people of terrorism and sabotage for their posts. The charges could put the suspects behind bars for up to 30 years.

... several experts say the state government's harsh response could stifle social media, an increasingly common way to communicate about violence in Mexico at a time when some don't trust reports they're getting from the government or more traditional sources."

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