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New report highlights growing violence, impunity in Honduras

In a new report published last week, PEN International, PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law lamented Honduras’ transition to a life-threatening place where crimes against journalists often go unpunished. Read more »


9 persons implicated in the 14-year-old murder of well-known Haitian journalist

Last Friday Judge Yvickel Dabresil accused nine persons – several of whom were close to former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide – of being involved in the 2000 murder of well-known journalist Jean Leopold Dominique. At the time, Dominique was openly critical of Aristide’s re-election, Reuters said. Read more »


UN resolution approves an International Day Against Impunity, asks countries to protect journalists

The Third Commission of the UN General Assembly recently approved a resolution that declares Nov. 2 as the International Day Against Impunity. The text also calls on member states to take all pains to promote the security and protection of their journalists and communicators. 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 »


Journalist’s murder 8 years ago still exemplifies risks and impunity in Guyana, reporters say

In Guyana, journalists avoid putting their names in bylines and media outlets share and publish their original investigative pieces simultaneously to further protect reporters from violence, according to an International Press Institute interview with Julia Johnson, the founder of Guyana’s Prime News, and Bert Wilkinson, the AP Guyana correspondent. Read more »


Impunity, the biggest threat to freedom of expression in the region, IFEX report says

In the last 20 years, 670 journalists have been killed in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to delegates from the IFEX-ACL alliance, which recently presented their Annual Report on Impunity 2013: "Faces and Traces of Freedom of Expression in Latin America and the Caribbean." The crimes -- most of which remain unsolved -- have turned impunity into the biggest threat to freedom of expression in the region. Read more »


IFEX’s campaign against impunity highlights threats and violence in Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico

As part of its International Day to End Impunity 2013 campaign, freedom of expression organization IFEX included petitions to rally support for five persons from different countries who have been persecuted, threatened, intimidated tortured and/or imprisoned for exercising their right to express themselves freely.  Read more »


In Colombia, authorities lose track of crimes against journalists until they expire

The complaints Colombian journalist Manuel José Martínez Espinosa used to air through his community radio program on Popayán, Cauca cost him his life. He was killed on Sept. 28, 1993 in front of his house as his wife opened the gate to their garage. Read more »


Three years after Mexican photojournalist’s death, investigation remains at a standstill


By Carola Guerrero De León*

Three years after the killing of Luis Carlos Santiago Orozco, a 21-year-old Mexican photojournalist for newspaper El Diario in Ciudad Juárez in the Northern state of Chihuahua, the investigation into his death remains mired in impunity. Read more »


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