Mexican cartel may be trying to silence bloggers

MEXICO CITY (AP) ? Mexico’s hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel appears to be launching what one expert calls a “frontal offensive” against people who post crime reports on an Internet chat room. It’s an apparent bid to control information about Mexico’s drug war.

Residents of the border city of Nuevo Laredo say a man’s decapitated body was found there, laid atop a banner suggesting he had been killed for posting on the web site “Nuevo Laredo en Vivo.”

Experts said Thursday users of the site are probably vulnerable to such attacks, and that the Zetas could be tracking them from clues they leave on the web.

If the killing is confirmed to be internet-related it would be the fourth such slaying in the border city in recent months.