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Guatemalan journalists opt for self-censorship to protect themselves from threats, according to a recent IACHR report

In a report about human rights in Guatemala published on March 14, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concern about attacks in recent months against journalists whose investigative work was related to corruption, public administration and human rights violations. Read more »


First conviction handed down for 2014 murder of Paraguayan journalist Pablo Medina

The driver of a former Paraguayan mayor is the first person to be convicted in the case of the murders of journalist Pablo Medina and his assistant Antonia Almada. His former boss, Vilmar Acosta Marques, is accused of masterminding Medina's murder. Read more »


UPDATE: After 15 years, second ex-paramilitary fighter sentenced for crimes against Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya

UPDATE (3/21/16): A former Colombian paramilitary fighter accused in the May 2000 kidnap, torture and rape of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Mario Jaimes Mejía, known as 'El Panadero,' accepted charges against him on Feb. 2. He was sentenced on March 18.

This is the second sentencing in the case. Read more »


Radio station director killed in Guatemala, renewing calls for protection mechanism for journalists

Guatemalan journalists have condemned the murder of a 32-year-old radio director in the country and called for renewed attention to the construction of a protection program for journalists.

Mario Roberto Salazar Barahona, director of Estéreo Azúcar in Asunción Mita in the department of Jutiapa, was killed on March 17. Read more »


After 82 years, Venezuela newspaper El Carabobeño cancels print edition due to newsprint shortage


Due to a lack of newsprint, regional newspaper El Carabobeño in the state of Carabobo, Venezuela stopped circulating its print edition after 82 years. The paper reported the news in an editorial in which it qualified the event as a “blow to freedom.” Read more »


Mexico breaks another record in attacks against the press in 2015, and journalists live in fear, says Article 19

In 2015, Mexico saw one attack against journalists every 22 hours, making that year the most violent for the country’s press since 2009, according to an annual report from freedom of expression organization Article 19 Mexico. This violence, along with the pervasive impunity that follows, an unresponsive state, weak democracy and inaccessible protective agencies, have created a culture of fear among the country's journalists, the report said. Read more »


New AP News Director for Latin America & the Caribbean wants coverage to be more multimedia

Since starting his new job, Paul Haven, the Associated Press’ new News Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, has overseen coverage on the lifting of restrictions on travel from the United States to Cuba, an interview with new Argentinian President Mauricio Macri and stories about the Read more »


Salvadoran communication groups condemn murder of radio worker and call for legislation to protect journalists

A Salvadoran communication worker's recent murder is directly linked to his work, according to communications groups that have called on the government for a thorough investigation of the crime and protection for media workers. Read more »


Prosecutor in Colombia considers 1999 assassination of journalist a “crime of the state”

Almost 17 years after the murder of Colombian journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón, one of the country’s head prosecutors finally identified the killing as a crime of the state due to the participation of members of the Army and the defunct department of intelligence (known as DAS) along with a criminal organization. Read more »


Bill to recognize community media up for debate in Guatemala, again

Activists and media workers in Guatemala fighting for the passage of a bill to protect the existence of community radio stations in the country are facing resistance from a media broadcasting association. Read more »


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