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Topic “violence against journalists”

Media professionals and freedom of expression advocates launch initiatives to fight impunity in crimes against journalists

Almost four years after the UN General Assembly declared Nov. 2 as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (IDEI), the date has become a time for media professionals and freedom of expression groups in Latin America and the rest of the world to call attention to levels of violence and impunity affecting their colleagues. Read more »


Honduran cameraman who reported receiving threats is killed in Copán

A cameraman who reported receiving death threats was killed in western Honduras on Oct. 23.

Carlos Oveniel Lara (Facebook)

Carlos Oveniel Lara, a 23-year-old cameraman for Canal 12 Telemaya in Copán, was shot around 6 a.m. upon leaving for work, according to El Tiempo. Read more »


Director of Honduran newspaper El Libertador and wife survive shooting in Tegucigalpa

Honduran journalists Johnny Lagos and Lurbin Yadira Cerrato of El Libertador newspaper were shot on Aug. 24 in the capital of Tegucigalpa.

Lagos, the newspaper's director, and his wife were attacked after leaving the offices of El Libertador in the neighborhood of Palermo, in the eastern region of the Honduran capital, The Associated Press (AP) reported. Read more »


Mexican journalist killed in Veracruz while under government protection

This story was updated to provide more information about the murder as well as the protection mechanism protecting Ríos.

Mexican journalist Cándido Ríos Vázquez was killed in southern Veracruz on Aug. 22, 2017 despite being under the federal government program to protect journalists. Read more »


Chilean journalist who spent eight years in prison testifies as torture victim of Paraguayan dictatorship

Chilean journalist and photographer Rafael Mella Latorre recently testified before the Paraguayan justice system as a victim in the criminal trial for torture carried out by the government during the dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner (1980-1989), EFE reported. Read more »


Mexican radio journalist survives stabbing in Puebla

A Mexican radio journalist in the state of Puebla is recovering after an attack on his life.

On Aug. 15, Fredy Morales Salas was stabbed fifteen times and his throat was cut by intruders at his home in Venustiano Carranza in the Sierra Norte of Puebla near the state of Veracruz. Read more »


Case of stigmatization demonstrates new dangers facing Colombian journalists

The recent case of stigmatization against Semana columnist Daniel Samper Ospina is just one example of the new types of threats facing journalists in Colombia as the deadly violence of decades past plummets.

For Pedro Vaca, executive director of the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), although the number of journalists murdered due to work-related reasons has decreased (in 2016, there were no murders of journalists, and in 2017 the figure has remained at zero), other types of press violations are on the increase. Read more »


Member states of the OAS pass resolution obligating them to fight violence against journalists in the region

The recent signing of a resolution by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) is now part of the working arguments used by the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur of the IACHR of the OAS, will now consider the resolution as it becomes part of the legal body with which governments can be urged to comply. Read more »


Journalists and organizations from Mexico and the world unite to demand justice a month after the murder of Javier Valdez

The murder of award-winning Mexican journalist Javier Valdez on May 15 was the last straw for the reporters’ guild in that country, considered one of the most dangerous to practice journalism in the world. Read more »


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