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Topic “violence against journalists”

For the first time, Colombian Justice condemns the entire “criminal network” in a journalist murder case

Former Colombian legislator and politician Ferney Tapasco has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for being the mastermind of the 2002 murder of La Patria deputy editor Orlando Sierra who was killed because of his work. Read more »


Brazilian sentenced to 12 years in prison for 2013 murder of journalist

In Brazil, a country with a history of impunity concerning crimes against journalists, a man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2013 murder of journalist Rodrigo Neto, reporter for newspaper Vale do Aço, in Minas Gerais.

On June 19, Alessandro Neves Augusto received 12 years in prison for Neto’s death and four years for the attempted murder of a friend that was with Neto at the time, according to Hoje em Dia. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist says police beat and humiliate her, forced her to take off her clothes


Agents of the Venezuelan national police agency in charge of criminal investigations (known by its Spanish acronym CICPC) detained and physically and verbally abused two journalists as they tried to cover the transfer of prisoners from high security on June 19, according to local news agencies and press watchdogs. Read more »


Brazilian radio journalist killed; 2nd in less than a week

Police found the tortured body of Djalma Santos da Conceição, a 53-year-old journalist for community radio station RCA FM in the state of Bahia, on May 23, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


Murder of citizen journalist in Mexico sends shock waves through citizen news networks

The recent murder of María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio, a physician and citizen journalist known on Twitter for her reports of cartel activity in northern Mexico, has sent shock waves through the state of Tamaulipas and shaken journalists working in citizen news networks across the region. Read more »


Paraguayan journalist killed along border with Brazil is third to die this year

Paraguayan journalist Pablo Medina Velázquez, murdered in the northeastern Canindeyú department while working on assignment, is the third journalist to be killed in the country this year and the latest in a series of journalists to be Read more »


Mexican journalists rally for protections after colleague beaten in newsroom

In the aftermath of the severe beating of a young journalist, a police chief is on the run and journalists are rallying for protection of freedom of expression across Mexico.

Karla Janeth Silva Guerrero, a 24-year-old reporter for El Heraldo de Leon, sustained life-threatening head injuries after three men threatened and beat her at the paper’s office in Silao, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, on Mexico on Sept. 4. Read more »


Peruvian general is under investigation for death of journalist during internal war in 1988

The criminal investigation of Peru’s Minister of the Interior for the death of a journalist in 1988 serves as a reminder that the Andean nation still lives and deals with the effects of an internal war that ravaged the country in the late twentieth century.

Whether retired General Daniel Urresti, who President Ollanta Humala named Minister of the Interior in June of this year, will face trial for the 1988 murder of journalist Hugo Bustíos hinges on the decision of the chief prosecutor in Lima.  Read more »


Bomb detonates in front of Peruvian journalist’s home


A bomb planted by an unknown men detonated in front of a home belonging to Peruvian journalist Yofré López Sifuentes in the early hours of Tuesday April 22, according to the daily La República. Read more »



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