Citizen journalist arrested for publishing information before local police

December 13, 2017
Citizen journalist Priscilla Villarreal was arrested by the Laredo Police Department and charged with two felony counts of “misuse of official information” on Dec. 13, 2017.Villarreal — an independent journalist based in Laredo, Texas, who is often known by her nickname “La Gordiloca” — published the name of a Border Patrol agent who died by suicide on her Facebook page in April, before the Laredo Police Department’s official release about the incident.The Laredo Morning Times reported on Dec. 15 that …

Prosecutors subpoenaed citizen journalist cell phone during investigation

November 17, 2017
Webb County prosecutors carried out subpoenas related to an investigation of Texas-based blogger and citizen journalist Priscilla Villarreal on Nov. 21, 2017, according to complaint filed in Villarreal’s ongoing civil lawsuit against the city of Laredo, Webb County, and a number of law enforcement officers.According to court records filed in May 2019, Villarreal claims county prosecutors signed off on subpoenas, including one directed at her cellphone, while she was under investigation after she revealed the name of a U.S. Customs …