In Tamaulipas, a state in northern Mexico, organized crime is the de facto government. Murders of journalists are not uncommon, and media organizations censor themselves in fear of cartel retaliation.
Basic information in this kind of environment is a rare commodity, so citizens like Maria del Rosario Fuentes Rubio sometimes take to social media to warn their fellow citizens of dangerous areas to avoid. Rubio was murdered by a drug cartel last week.
Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News and author of "Midnight in Mexico," tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that Rubio is not the first to be killed for her role as a citizen journalist.
This segment aired on October 27, 2014.