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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009
    Upstate NY

    Mexico - Two face 30 year sentences for terrorism via Twitter

    Two Mexicans deny terrorism, face 30 years for tweets

    One one hand....
    Prosecutors say the defendants helped cause a chaos of car crashes and panic as parents in the Gulf Coast city of Veracruz rushed to save their children because of false reports that gunmen were attacking schools.

    Gerardo Buganza, interior secretary for Veracruz state, compared the panic to that caused by Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds." But he said the fear roused by that account of a Martian invasion of New Jersey "was small compared to what happened here."
    And, on the other....
    Amnesty International says officials are violating freedom of expression and it blames the panic on the uncertainty many Mexicans feel amid a drug war in which more than 35,000 people have died over the past five years.

    "The lack of safety creates an atmosphere of mistrust in which rumors that circulate on social networks are part of people's efforts to protect themselves, since there is very little trustworthy information," Amnesty wrote in a statement on the case.
    Long and interesting AP account at San Antonio Express-News link above.

  2. #2
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    Nov 2009
    Hmmm...that's a fine line. Where did his sister-in-law (who told him this rumor) get HER information from? And so on, and so on, until they find the original source of the misinformation. I would think THAT is the person they need to be talking to.

    Also, he wasn't making any threats, just passing along a rumor of something horrible that someone ELSE was rumored to be doing, which people do every day whether in a malicious or innocent way. Just last week, as the Bastrop wildfires were burning here, there were countless panicky rumors circulating around Facebook. It happens! Human nature when there's unrest or natural disasters nearby people...which is the case in that city (the drug cartel battles).

    Personally I'd say let him go, with a stern reminder to check his sources and facts carefully before spreading gossip from now on.

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