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Mexican journalist under federal protection mechanism survives shooting in Oaxaca

A Mexican journalist receiving protection from the government is alive after being shot twice in the state of Oaxaca. Read more »


Press freedom organizations defend Argentine journalists after allegations of involvement with espionage and extortion

Press freedom organizations from Latin America and the United States have come out in defense of Daniel Santoro and three other Argentine journalists after a judge named them in an investigation into alleged extortion and illegal espionage he says was carried out by the fake lawyerRead more »


U.S. Congress member introduces private bill for relief for Mexican journalist who was denied asylum

U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, introduced a private bill in Congress to grant Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto an immigrant visa or permanent resident status after his asylum case was denied in February. Read more »


Threatened TV journalist shot in Honduras is the first communicator murdered in country this year

*This post has been updated to include statements from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Inter American Press Association.

Journalist Gabriel Hernández was killed on March 17 in the Valle department in southern Honduras, according to local media reports. Read more »


Mexican radio journalist killed in the state of Sonora is fourth journalist killed in country this year

*This story has been updated to include statements and information from the Committee to Protect Journalists as well as statements from the Inter American Press Association.

Journalist and radio host Santiago Barroso was killed in the doorway to his home in the Mexican state of Sonora on the night of March 15. Read more »


German journalist released after four months in detention in Venezuela

*This story has been updated to include that Six is now back in Germany.

Venezuelan officials released German journalist Billy Six on March 15 after he spent four months in detention.

Six was given orders to present himself before the court every 15 days and cannot speak about the case to the media, according to freedom of expression organization Espacio Público. Read more »


Violence against women journalists increases in the Americas, according to the IACHR

Women journalists are "twice as likely to be victims of violence" in the Americas for exercising their right to freedom of expression and for reasons of gender. This is according to the report "Women Journalists and Freedom of Expression,” published March 8 by Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Read more »


Applications open for the 7th edition of the Gabo Awards, recognizing the best journalism in Ibero-America

The Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism (FNPI, for its initials in Spanish) opened applications for the 2019 Gabo Awards, which recognize the best journalistic works in Ibero-America. Read more »


U.S. immigration judge denies asylum to Mexican journalist for a second time

A U.S. immigration judge has again denied asylum for a Mexican journalist who fled his country a decade ago out of fear for his life.

Judge Robert Hough denied the requests of Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son on Feb. 28, 2019. The journalist’s lawyer has since filed an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Read more »


With 99% impunity for crimes against journalists, organization says Mexican justice system is flawed

The worrisome figures of violence against the press in Mexico – pointed out by various organizations as one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism – become even more dramatic when taking into account levels of impunity in those cases. According to the organization Article 19 Mexico, impunity for crimes against journalists in the country remains at 99.13 percent, that is, "almost absolute" impunity. Read more »


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