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Topic “impunity”

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 »


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 »


Mexican judge orders Attorney General to take case of murdered journalist

After a year of legal delays, a federal judge has ordered Mexico’s Attorney General's Office (PGR) to investigate the murder of journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo through the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE). 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 »


Release of suspect in the murder of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez opens door for impunity, says Article 19

A former deputy police chief accused of ordering the kidnapping and killing of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was released from prison after a federal judge granted him amparo, an action to protect an individual’s constitutional rights. Read more »


Panel at UN General Assembly calls for more concrete actions to end impunity in crimes against journalists

The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI), on Nov. 2, was marked by events all over the world. At the United Nations headquarters in New York City, a panel discussion concluded that it is time for the international community to take more concrete actions to protect journalists and prosecute those who commit crimes against them. 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 »


Media executives and journalists at IAPA assembly catalogue censorship in the Americas

Unsolved murders, violent government repression, oppressive anti-media laws and the ever-increasing ties between big money and big government were among the issues of debate at the 71st General Assembly of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA).

In the conclusions from their assembly, the IAPA listed attacks against journalists, government pressure, legal obstacles and an increase in state media ownership as causes for the deterioration of press freedoms in Latin America. Read more »


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