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September 05 2011


Mexico - school teacher, radio presenter face 30-year prison terms for spreading false reports via Twitter

Guardian :: Gilberto Martinez Vera, 48, a private school teacher, and Maria de Jesus Bravo Pagola, a radio presenter, were accused of spreading false reports that gunmen were attacking schools in the south-eastern city of Veracruz, Mexico. The resulting panic caused dozens of car crashes after parents rushed to save their children and jammed emergency telephone lines, which "totally collapsed" under the pressure. Both are now facing 30-year prison terms in Mexico. Their lawyers have argued that both were repeating rumors they had already seen on the internet.

Justified? - Opinions differ.

Continue to read Jo Adetunji, www.guardian.co.uk

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