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Topic “violence against journalists”

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 »


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 »


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 »


Former mayor arrested for allegedly masterminding attack on journalist in Mexico

The former mayor of Silao (in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico), Enrique Benjamín Solís Arzola, was arrested on March 11 for alleged involvement in the attack against journalist Karla Silva from newspaper El Heraldo de León in 2014. Read more »


Eight bullets fired into car of Brazilian journalist during attack at his home

According to witnesses, two people on a motorcycle fired eight shots at a car parked in the garage of Brazilian journalist Kenedy Salomé Lenk in the early morning hours of March 10, reported newspaper O Globo. The journalist, his wife and daughter were asleep inside the house at the time. Read more »


Brazilian radio host murdered at station previously had asked to leave crime beat

Brazilian radio host João Valdecir de Borba, known as Valdão, was killed on March 10 while working in the studios of Rádio Difusora AM in São Jorge do Oeste, southwestern Paraná state. Read more »


Cases of murdered Guatemalan journalists transferred to special prosecutor on one-year anniversary

The Attorney General of the Public Prosecutor's Office of Guatemala decided to transfer the cases of two journalists murdered in 2015 to the Special Prosecutor Against Impunity (FECI for its initials in Spanish).

Danilo López, correspondent for Prensa Libre, and Federico Salazar, from Radio Nuevo Mundo, were killed on March 10, 2015 in Mazatenango, Suchitepéquez. Read more »


Journalists are one of the most affected groups in the midst of Mexico’s “human rights crisis”: IACHR report

Mexico is experiencing a “serious human rights crisis,” according to the recent report “Situation of Human Rights in Mexico” from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). According to the organization, the high rates of forced disappearances, torture, citizen insecurity, restricted access to justice and impunity generate special concern. Read more »


Police commander arrested for murder of journalist in Mexico

A municipal policeman has been arrested as a suspect for the Jan. 21 murder of Oaxaca correspondent Marcos Hernández Bautista, the first of four journalists killed in Mexico this year.

Jorge Armando Santiago Martínez, a commander of the municipal police of Santiago Jamiltepec, was arrested on Feb. 25, according to Proceso. Read more »


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