Guatemalan fears a tweet will make him a jailbird | KOMO News – Seattle, Washington — FYI

Jean Anleu was so fed up with corruption in his country that he decided to vent on the Internet, sending a 96-character message on the social-networking site Twitter.

That message has now earned him a potential five-year prison sentence and the unfortunate distinction of becoming one of the first people in the world to be arrested for a tweet.

Writing under his Internet alias “jeanfer,” Anleu urged depositors to pull their money from Guatemala’s rural development bank, whose management has been challenged in a political scandal: “First concrete action should be take cash out of Banrural and bankrupt the bank of the corrupt.”

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  1. Zybch says:

    Thats what you get for being a sadass twitter user.

  2. nomadwolf says:

    I’m not sure if it’s actually illegal, but promoting a run on a bank is the financial equivalent of yelling fire in a theater.

    If he’d have stuck to saying they’re corrupt bastards & untrustworthy, he should’ve been fine.

  3. WhereIsDead? says:

    Let’s see now:

    Corrupt banking system in corrupt country.
    Complaint about corruption in corrupt country.
    Jailed by corrupt government.

    Seems foreseeable to me. Brave guy!

  4. bobbo, appreciating a metaphor says:

    actually the guy was setting fire to the bank, not yelling fire. Even a healthy bank can fail on a run by its depositors–much less a corrupt one.

    Also, the false sense of security blogging gives is on display here. The guy “knows” he is in a corrupt country but still pokes the beast. Yes, when even “free” governments like USA takes action against criticism, its takes a certain kind of naivitee to think a corrupt government won’t take notice. How many bloggers could be taken down in USA before we started to notice and stifle ourselves? I view myself as pretty mellow, but I’m sure some repuglican scum would mind.

  5. Jeanne says:

    He wasn’t setting fire to the bank. It didn’t burn down, after all. I don’t think many Guatemalans take their banking advice from Twitter. It sounds more like the people in charge were overreacting – as we all know they do and can.

  6. soundwash says:

    Sad thing is, by the looks of the Cyberbully type bills currently being submitted in congress, by this time next year, the same thing will be happening here.

    -that is of course, if we’re even allowed to access the net without a license and
    a $1 million dollar liable insurance policy.


  7. Ghost says:

    Must have broken the law banning the first amendment.

  8. nunyac says:

    The truth is only punished by Tyrants. The tree of liberty..


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