Mexicans turn to social media for news about drug crimes | McClatchy

The messages brim with urgency as they pop across computer screens and into cell phones, made all the more stark by their brevity.

“Gunshots heard along Guadiana Blvd,” one Durango resident reported on his Twitter account one recent night. “Three burned-out trucks along the highway to Flor,” read another post.

With many of Mexico’s conventional news outlets no longer willing to risk reporting on the Mexico’s ongoing drug wars, a growing number of Mexicans in this country’s northern cities are turning to Internet tools to keep abreast of the conflict raging around them.