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Topic “violence against journalists”

Radio host killed in Minas Gerais is 8th journalist killed in Brazil in 2015

Police are investigating the murder of radio host Luiz Manoel Souza, 48, who was killed on Dec. 7 in a rural area of Ubá after being shot by a group of men. The group, at least some of them driving in a truck, first confronted him as he was in his car. The men shot at his car and tires, forcing Souza to flee to a wooded area, which is when he was shot. Read more »

Veracruz journalists denounce alleged police violence and demand the government's protection

A number of Mexican journalists, newspapers and media outlets recently sent a formal declaration to the government of Veracruz denouncing alleged police violence against journalists while they were covering teacher protests on Nov. 21 and 22.

In the document, they condemned the actions of the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP for its acronym in Spanish) and demanded the government guarantee journalists’ physical safety. Read more »

Two journalists killed in Brazil and Colombia; 3 journalists murdered in northeastern Brazil during Nov. 2015

As the end of the year nears, two more journalists were killed in Brazil and Colombia in the past week. Read more »

Blogger killed in northeastern Brazil; second journalist murdered in country in less than a week

Two people on a motorcycle fatally shot 30-year-old Brazilian blogger Ítalo Eduardo Diniz Barros on Nov. 13 in Governador Nunes Freire in Maranhão state. A friend with Diniz was also shot, but survived, according to G1.

Military police confirmed that Diniz had received threats for publications made to his blog, G1 reported. Read more »

Fourth radio journalist killed in Brazil this year; a total of 5 journalists have been killed in the country in 2015

Early in the morning on Nov. 10, an unidentified man shot community radio journalist Israel Gonçalves Silva inside a store in Lagoa de Itaenga in Pernambuco state. The journalist had just dropped his children at school. Reports say the man fled via motorcycle without taking anything. Read more »

Colombian journalists launch investigation to fight for justice for murdered colleague

Flor Alba Núñez Vargas was only 25-years-old when she was fatally shot on the way to work on Sept. 10, 2015. Despite her youth, she simultaneously worked as a journalist at radio stations, television outlets and newspapers in Pitalito in the Huila department of southwest Colombia. Read more »

2015 is the deadliest year for Mexican press under Peña Nieto, report says

This has been the deadliest year for the Mexican press since President Enrique Peña Nieto took the presidency in 2012, according to freedom of expression advocacy organization Article 19. Read more »

End to impunity: in landmark case, Colombia captured the mastermind of the murder of journalist Orlando Sierra

Colombian authorities reported the arrest of former legislator and politician Ferney Tapasco for whom it had issued an arrest warrant after he was sentenced for being the mastermind of the murder of journalist Orlando Sierra. The capture by the prosecution and the police took place in the early hours of Nov. Read more »

Press advocacy organizations create tool to report threats to journalists in Brazil

In the context of high levels of violence against journalists in Brazil, which already account for four murders this year, freedom of the press defenders came together around a project that seeks to curb impunity in these crimes. Read more »


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