Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Tamaulipas: Mexico's Most Censored State: Tweeting the Drug War

Thursday, March 14, 2013 |

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat
To a casual observer relying on mainstream media the Mexican state of Tamaulipas would appear very safe, because according to the media, no violence occurs in "Tamps".




This is a video of  interactive discussion at the Austin Texas Film and Music Festival.  The discussion is headed by a panel of three.  This event was sponsored by The Texas Observer who brought  the issue to an international audience in Austin and titled the event  

Life on the Line: Tweeting the Drug War highlighted the bravery of citizen reporters living in Tamaulipas,the most censored state in Mexico.

 Discussed is the media blackout in the state of Tamaulipas on the Texas-Mexico border where reporters have been killed, kidnapped,  threatened and the offices of the Mexican news outlets bombed.
Tamaulipas is the most censored but also the birthplace of citizen reporting which since 2010 has become a phenomenon and the trail blazer for other "hot" regions in Mexico, made so because of organized crime activity and turf wars. Initially beginning on Twitter as #ReynosaFollow and remains the place to access to access real time news.
The panel speaks of Tamaulipas being the country's most innovative when circumventing the media blackout as citizen reporters in Reynosa became anonymous pioneers in creating systems using social networks to collect and share information of shootouts, blockades, and conflicts that would be unknown otherwise.
The day following this conference all hell broke loose in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and almost like proving a point the Mexican media did not report on the clash that killed up to 50 people, reported by citizens, and journalists off record. 
The following day the Tamaulipas Attorney General announced through a statement that a conflict had occurred that took 2 lives and injured 1. 
Below is a video of the Austin conference, it runs a little slow at first but becomes very interesting and informative especially for those readers that can't understand the reality of a black out media state, which Tamaulipas is. 

This headline is a rarity
 

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Anonymous said...

That was at SXSW ( South by Southwest)

Anonymous said...

Have you been to every single one of México states Chivis?

Because one could easily say that the most censored state is Sonora or better yet Durango. you see my point?

Anonymous said...

And why is it so controlled? Because the cartel is weak their? Because the government is so strong? No because cdg is very powerful and controls shit. They put chapo on this mythical pedestal like he's #1 when your #1 in a game this huge you have no competition this isn't the case with any cartel. I've been telling you all how strong cdg is and has only gotten stronger. Off topic but ct is running things in so cal, I live in the Inland empire and you can't buy goo size weight out here anymore without the Templars. The man I met is monikered Soldado or soldier. They are here in Cali and not hiding. I mean I'm not scared as I'm in the mix at a small level but still in none the less but all you people condemning Mexico need to lock your doors and get some weapons in preparation

Anonymous said...

lol just got off the phone with krgv news weslaco and the reporter was not aware of the kgbt seminar and was not very enthused about me asking him to take some time and watch it.

Chivis said...

@9:53PM
I just counted 18 of the states that I have spent time in. Sonora is where my father side of the family is and was. San Luis, Hermosillo, and Guaymas. Dgo I have spoken about countless times that they are hugely ignored by the media.

That said, Tamps is recognized everywhere as a media blackout state my headline came from the conference of journalists. Other states like Coahuila are almost as bad, but are not. Tamps is different, and unlike anything I have seen.

That prompted the creation of the social network use, I know one of the women that began at the onset, very well in fact and she was one of those that wrote the manifest.

This is not a competition, and many states have the media issue, but those states still have coverage. and no I don't see your point, one does not preclude other states. For example I am at a high level of frustration because of the lack of reporting in Coahuila. In cities such as Acuña there are daily shootouts and killings and no one is reporting a damn thing.

For the other reader, it is very difficult to explain. The blackout of Tamps began long ago. They do not have official narco death tallies, or kidnap tallies etc. there was a NGO conducting the counts and they left Tamps and never came back, that was I think in 2008 or 09. They have a very high incident of reporter kidnappings and killings. I will be posting additional information about the issue in the next few weeks. ....paz, chivis

Anonymous said...

People that are in the NE and journalists know all about the lack of narco reporting in Tamaulipas. I remember when I came to live here I would see balaceras or violence and run to see reports and there was nothing. People have to rely on themselves. and some times ignorant people who don't know how it is ask well where is the photographs and I am like it is not worth the risk it is better to drive by like you see nothing narcos may still be there and will kill you if you try. they kill anyone they determine is getting things they don't want known about out. that is why you see photos of many car afterwards, that is taken when narcos moved on, or buildings. on reynosafollow and valor there are now many photos that have been coming in but not of the trucks with bodies. who would be so stupid enough to stop and take those photos with narcos guarding the trucks?

just like when Tony Tormenta went down. all that destruction for days people killed just like this time and they never even confirm anything happened except him being killed. yet the city was a war zone. and that is how it is.

Anonymous said...

9;50
did you even watch the video?
the last red report in tamaulipas was in 2009 and its recorded on video

Anonymous said...

Jaja 953 pm your sell full of mamadas obviously the Sinaloa cartel is doing something write for them to be on top. And I'm sure Templars don't run l.a you think la eme is just gonna let some cartel deal on their turf you got it twisted homie.

Anonymous said...

Yes you are right chivis acuna has been daily shoot outs and deaths and no one is saying nothing i wonder why ever since marines had a shoot out on Jan 21 against 4 zetas and one of them was a Guy who had escaped piedras negras prison they did not show pics or nothing but it was all over the news except local i mean acuna was the place were it happend but no body said nothing there after that date ive heard of almost daily death. In confrontations between zetas and gates a lot of people have died an yet no pictures or nothing has been said

Anonymous said...

La eme? the ones that get their drugs from the mexican cartels,los caballeros templarios le venden a tus cholillos cagados.La eme wont do shit again los CT,who are you trying to fool?

skott1e said...

the mexican government are obviously pandering to the cartels, i ask CNN why they did not report this murderous event in Reynosa on sunday, and the reply was it wasnt a story, well if thats not a story then i dont know what is, P.R.I are going to make things worse by censorship. All mexicanos should sue the pri for making them unsafe

Anonymous said...

Chivis,im not doubting what your saying after all your the one with more experience,i just wanted to know how you came up with that conclusion,and you already explained that.I was curious thats all.

Since your dad is from Sonora,you know well that not much comes out that state as well,information on current situations.

Also i started reading your site since it started,all the reporters have always been on top of the situation,as best as they could,and i admire you too for that.

Anonymous said...

These videos have life. It's one thing to read reports and quite another to be in the audience listening and watching, you become part of an event and is a great way to draw the observer into Mexico's reality.

Secondly, is there a hidden plan on the way to eradicate the culture of violence that increases daily happening in Mexico?

Salva p

Anonymous said...

I doubt that Tamaulipas is that bad.. People often make up alot of the stories that are told.. and for the idiot above who claims that cdg is a strong cartel.. please cdg is on the decline to being nothing more than street hoodlums kidnapping, extorting, and stealing from the ppl.. cdg not even in its hey-day has pushed the amount of dope that other cartels like tijuana, sinaloa and Juarez have pushed into the U.S. cdg is a joke ... has always been the lesser cartel.

Anonymous said...

As a tall white bald guy i obviously was a rare sight to ppl,friends,and strangers in mexico. But during the yrs of my mexico experience,06-08, i used to make the drive from nuevo laredo to mty alone, quota most of the time. Drove from mty to reynosa stopping through small towns along the way jus becuz. In a badass cadillac deville 92 with iowa plates. Its crazy to think how much has changed and nowadays i wouldnt make it back with my car let alone my life. I joined the us air force and 97% of mex is offlimits to travel to which is sad bc half of my "family" live in mty and juarez. I deployed to afghanistan but was more concerened about my fam n friends in mty during 2011.

Anonymous said...

What you know about cartels? Ct runs socali everyone knows that, la eme no se mete con los cuernos.

Anonymous said...

Even on Facebook people were warning others of atleast 50 dead in Reynosa. I no, I got 4 post about it from different people who live there. And Texas has issued travel warnings for the Tamps state. Thanks Chivis!

Anonymous said...

We have plenty here.360 million of them.they had better be prepared for that and we have more than rifles and shotguns.american people may be alot of things but we have always had a resiliance when shit really hits the fan

Anonymous said...

the real reason we are at war: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/03/20133117533948803.html

Anonymous said...

They ain't running so call..... they have a presence .... specially in them ie...... the most I've heard of them is out in Mira loma where they hooked up with some fools from white fence and tried to collect rent but they got smashed and wf might be going in the hat for hooking up with them..... the homies run so cal paisas every where just get taken advantage off specially if they claim to be from a cartel. This isn't Mexico this California. We all know who runs California.

Anonymous said...

Mexican Mafia= Mexican Mammas. Texas Syndicate= Texas Sissys.

Anonymous said...

@skott1e this appeared in the press yesterday http://www.sinembargo.mx/opinion/14-03-2013/13157 according to an anonymous source who heard it off the record at the recent governors meeting EPN strategy is to "disappear the cartels from the media to take out their power", this is not news really, we all have noticed it and it doesn't take any power away from the narcos, it just leaves the citizens uninformed and defenseless...and sue the PRI haha, good joke

el espanto said...

these cats have stepped into us soil n trying to make a move but let me tell u here in Fresno county san joaquin valley area these vatis r a joke they might have the means to make shit happen but there typical idiots trying to floss n let the world now k they up there. let me tell ya wait at the bar till they get out , trail them n home invasion. fools scream n beg like a bitch cause im califas we run the streets n the pinta. 4 fool have dissapeared from here who thought they would taxs us , chavalas please here u aint hard to fimd n we got big boy toys too. so to all u idiots saying they run shit here they might if ur hood is weak n has no structure. aqui caiganle con su jale show off n get jacked. arriba la raza de cesar chavez aqui puestos masiso para tumbar estos putos k se la tiran de chaka leches

Anonymous said...

I'm telling you the eme runs so cal I wouldent be surprised if there taking foothold in NorCal cuz I've been seeing a lot of their activity this is California not mexico Holmes you will get dominated out here they kno the streets they run the streets and the Templars ain't that powerful as you portray them if they where they would be at the top of the food chain be they ain't so get that out your head only ones on top are the Sinaloa cartel and the zetas you guys get tossed around like skonkas trust me si le Jalan alos cuernos you think there gonna let some wack cartel take over what they built since 1957 you must be out your mind

Anonymous said...

"This isnt Mexico this is California" no seas mamon guey haha. Everyone knows that any mexican cartel has more power and money than la eme, mexican mafia or any other STREET gang. Los "paisas" son de mas guevos y son internacionales,y los homies haha are more street level.

.Cartels are international and La Eme or Mexican mafia are more local,street level. You never hear about sureños or mexican mafia members challenging the State or the goverment,or surenos decapitating 7 military officers like what happened in Chilpancingo Guerrero mx by the BLO,or when CT threw grenades during that one public celebration. maybe im wrong?

Anonymous said...

10;54 bet you wont say that in a texas prison

Anonymous said...

ct haha their is no sabritas to steal in LA pendejos muertos de ambre taxing people to live in their own house cause they can't cross their dope fuck all wetbacks LA Eme runs LA and taxes all paisas that hit the pen!

Anonymous said...

el espanto
"4 fool have dissapeared from here who thought they would taxs us"
Oh yeaah,why the fuck not.Thats the way to do it.Disappear a motherfucker,doin it alone would be better for you.Even your homeboys,can let you down if cops are talkin about murders and bammin you off the world,if you do it alone no one ever find out,ever.
Just sayin,that would make more sense if you did it that way?Fuck do i know,im jus an internet banger,keep my pistol,,im ready to act a donkey...

Anonymous said...

mira compa los carteles asen su mamadas en huarachi landia aqui in usa no se atriven ni ordena tacos sin permiso so no te agas el pendejo LA eme mata aqui sabendo la condisiones les vale verga la ley en mexico no aye ley por eso son tan aventados!

Anonymous said...

Jaja your saying they don't combat the gov ure stupid there the number one enemy they bust at the cops ok yea but it ain't their turf its calis it's la emes turf ure dumb i don't care throw 30 heads for all I care dosent beat the fact that la eme runs l.a ask any of them homie dont come to Cali with all that bullshit narco this narco that fucken fuck bois people got caters up here two they will slap you so hard you will loose your feet Putos. Don't be mad cuz the people from califas run California

Anonymous said...

Yeah la eme runs the world.
You think the cartels care about L.A as.long as they are making the most profit they could care less of whos selling their product.It doesn't matter if its to Surenos or Nortenos they sell to both,they dont fight over colors?

Where does la eme get their product from? Dont say California.Cocaine,Crystal Meth,and Heroin all the big money makers and large quantaties are being supplied by the cartels to your street gang,la eme.

Anonymous said...

So cal isnt ran by ct,ur full of crap...cali belongs to chapo and thats a fact..

Anonymous said...

Kno duh they get it from the cartels but the cartels don't run l.a la eme does ask anyone on the yard homie I dare one of you to say that in the pinta you will never leave it la eme got soldiers two and a lot of them that's why them Narcos be crying when they go to the pen talking about gimme protection homie with out la eme drug cartel members wouldent last a day in the pinta Cali gangs run Cali streets we got drug traffickers two in cali the cartels ain't the only organized crime syndicates.

Anonymous said...

MEXICAN GOVERNMENT CENSORS ALL NEWS... SCARY BUT PRESIDENT DOESN'TCARE ABOUTPOPULATION

Anonymous said...

California sucks

Anonymous said...

in la pinta dah!! hahaha funny ass shit.

Anonymous said...

I want to see Pena Nieto get a bullet in his head and then let them censor that! PRI is a bunch of worthless mother fuckers. If the Zetas declared war on the PRI, I would be rooting for the Zetas and I fucking HATE the Zetas.

Anonymous said...

Texas sissies? Maybe but law enforcement there aint.when some of these guys get locked up there alot of times they never get out.i am not in law enforcement but ive lived there several times and they will burn your ass there if u get caught doing what these guys do

Anonymous said...

California prisons u might get out one day but texas? Not much chance of that.occasionaly they have a bbq with your ass at huntsville

Anonymous said...

You saying texas prison is hard ? Jaja u must be on crack the concept you guys got of tht cholo gangsta style is cuz someone from Cali brought it two a Texas prison if you didn't kno that and if Texas was so hard like these dummy's portray it they would be on the 10 most worst crime cities but I don't see texas on there.

Anonymous said...

You never hear about paisas saying they gonna do what ever the fuck they want n the us.......they do that shit in Mexico in Cali they mind. the homies everybodythats in the game knows tbat anybody says different is

Anonymous said...

Things are worse than what is published. My uncle was taken by the cartel on monday march 11th, since then we have not heard from him. We are in the states and there is no one we can call for help because the cartels call the shots in Reynosa. There is a page on facebook called "Valor por tamaulipas" and they update pepole min to min on the things taking place in different parts of the city.

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