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Threatened police reporter killed in Quintana Roo, Mexico ahead of general elections

Police reporter José Guadalupe Chan Dzib was shot and killed at a bar in the state of Quintana Roo just ahead of general elections in Mexico. Read more »


Independent journalists in Nicaragua report physical attacks, death threats and defamation campaigns on social media

As attacks against journalists in Nicaragua grow after months of protest, independent journalists in the country are calling for freedom to carry out their work. They are also expressing hope in the international organizations on the ground that are working to curb violence in the Central American nation. Read more »


Latin American women journalists face sexual harassment while covering the World Cup in Russia

The first day of the soccer World Cup, which this year takes place in Russia, has yielded one of the most regrettable moments of news coverage of the event to date. Colombian reporter Julieth González Therán was delivering a live broadcast for Deutsche Welle (DW) in front of the stadium that was about to host Russia and Saudi Arabia when a man hugged her, groped her and kissed her on the face before running off screen. Read more »


UN, IACHR: Aggression against journalists is the most direct and significant threat against freedom of expression in Mexico

While Mexico is preparing for the general elections on July 1, the recent joint report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the United Nations (UN) urges the country’s government to guarantee the safety of journalists covering the electoral process as they are vulnerable to threats and physical aggression by political actors and third parties. Read more »


Mexican federal court confirms dismissal of journalist Carmen Aristegui was illegal

Three years after she was taken off the air, a Mexican federal court ruled that the dismissal of Carmen Aristegui from the MVS radio group was illegal. Read more »


Governments confirm that bodies found in Colombian jungle belong to abducted Ecuadoran journalists

The Colombian and Ecuadoran governments confirmed that three bodies found in Tumaco, Colombia belong to the El Comercio reporting team that was abducted on March 26 while reporting in the border region. Read more »


Cuban journalists report increase in detentions and other abuses of power by authorities

Independent Cuban journalists are calling for support from international governments and organizations as they report a rise in detentions and attacks. Read more »


Brazilian radio journalist who was previously threatened is killed while arriving at workplace

*This story was updated to include a comment from Abraji.

Radio journalist Jairo Sousa was killed while arriving at Rádio Pérola FM in the northern state of Pára in the early morning of June 21. He was going to host his program “Show da Peróla.” Read more »


Ecuadoran government and family members of slain El Comercio journalists protest Colombia's communication after remains found

*This story was updated.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos posted on Twitter on June 21 that three bodies were found that could belong to a team of journalists and their driver who worked for Ecuadoran newspaper El Comercio and were reportedly killed in a border region by a dissident group of the FARC. Read more »


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