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Topic “Guatemala”

Environment of fear affects electoral coverage in Guatemala

After fracturing her jaw with a single stroke, Susana Morazán’s aggressors made a threat: “stop talking bad about the government.” The event took place on Jan. Read more »

Guatemala’s elPeriódico accuses government of spying on their newsroom

By Oscar Ricardo Silva and Christina Noriega

On September 13, the Guatemalan government posted photographs of an unpublished article planned to run three days later on the newspaper elPeriódico, raising questions as to whether or not the government had been spying on the newsroom. Read more »

Almost half of government institutions in Guatemala failed to present transparency reports, report says

Forty-six percent of Guatemala's government institutions bound under the country's Access to Public Information Law (LAIP in Spanish) did not present their annual reports on how they responded to public information requests received during 2013, news website Plaza Pública reported. Read more »

Former director of Guatemalan news site Plaza Pública gets ready to launch new publication (video)

After his rupture with the Guatemalan university that has housed for three years the innovative digital publication Plaza Pública, its founder, journalist Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, is getting ready to launch a new site this summer.   Read more »

Following lawsuits, cyber-attacks and commercial boycott, Guatemalan newspaper faces audit

Guatemala's central taxation agency will begin next week an audit on newspaper elPeriódico, the daily reported on Wednesday. ElPeriódico called it "fiscal persecution" and the most recent government aggression against it. Read more »

Guatemala’s president and vice president withdraw criminal complaints against newspaper editor

This past weekend, Guatemala’s highest elected officials, President Otto Pérez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti withdrew two criminal complaints they filed in December – one for blackmail and contempt, the other for violence against women – against José Rubén Zamora, editor of the newspaper elPeriódico. Read more »

New ruling for contempt against the president bars journalist from leaving Guatemala, freezes assets

A court ordered Guatemalan journalist and director of newspaper elPeriódico José Rubén Zamora Marroquín not to leave the country. His bank accounts were also frozen. Read more »

Guatemalan court for crimes against women orders journalist not to "disturb" vice president

The director of Guatemalan newspaper elPeriódico, José Rubén Zamora, wrote in a recent opinion article that he will not pay a fine of 500 quetzales (about $63) – under the penalty of going to prison for disobedience – after defying a recent judicial order that bars him from "disturbing or intimidating" the country's vice president, Ingrid Roxanna Baldetti. Read more »

Guatemala launches mechanism to prevent violence against journalists

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti announced last week the launch of a plan to ensure the protection of journalists in the country, according to Europa Press. The mechanism involves collaboration among various agencies including ministries, state institutions and independent press organizations. Read more »


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