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Violence Against Journalists

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One in four women journalists has suffered online attacks, according to UNESCO report

UNESCO report conducted more than 900 surveys of women journalists from 125 countries. Most of the journalists contacted said they had received attacks based on disinformation that sought to discredit them personally and professionally.

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Prosecutor dismisses death threats against Peruvian investigative journalist Paola Ugaz as she faces another legal proceeding

After receiving two death threats on social media in the last six months, Peruvian investigative journalist Paola Ugaz recently learned that the public prosecutor will not open an investigation in either case.

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Journalists demand effective protection from Paraguayan State against threats and cases of violence

In Paraguay, 19 journalists have been murdered in the last 30 years, but few cases have been solved. The Bureau for the Safety of Journalists in Paraguay calls for effective measures to protect and prevent crimes against journalists.

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Following new investigation into 2012 murder of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez, groups call on federal authorities to reopen case

An investigation by a coalition of international human rights organizations revealed several leads about the 2012 murder of Mexican journalist Regina Martínez and listed urgent guidelines for the judiciary to reopen the case.

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Colombian State withdraws from historic hearing into abduction, torture and sexual assault of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima

In what has been cataloged by various experts as "re-victimizing,” "unprecedented," and even "shameful," the Colombian State withdrew from a virtual hearing held by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I/A Court H.R.) regarding the abduction, torture and sexual assault of Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima in 2000. “The criminals have wanted to silence me […]

Latin American photojournalists covering protests are vulnerable to attacks, arrests and more 

In their mission to document the events, many photojournalists in Latin America suffer attacks or arrests by the police.

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Case of Peruvian photojournalist who asked for guarantees for his life sets an important precedent in protection matters

Authorities grant protection guarantees to Peruvian photographer Iván Orbegoso after he received threats against his life following the publication of a photograph showing a police officer firing straight ahead during a demonstration.

RSF: ‘sistema Bolsonaro’ contra imprensa inclui filhos do presidente, ministros e órgãos de Estado. Foto: Roberto Jayme/Ascom/TSE

Attacks on journalists explode in Brazil in 2020 and most of them come from President Bolsonaro

Two reports by press freedom organizations conclude that 2020 was the most dangerous year for professional journalism in recent Brazilian history. Despite the different methodologies, in the two surveys, President Jair Bolsonaro, his children, ministers and the Presidency's Communication Secretariat appear as the main sources of the attacks.

Senador Fabiano Contarato: ‘O direito penal tem uma função educativa e simbólica ao demonstrar que a sociedade e o Estado valorizam – e atuarão para proteger – a liberdade de imprensa.” Foto: Marcos Oliveira/Agência Senado

15 bills in Brazil toughen penalties for crimes against journalists; organizations criticize impunity

At a time of worsening press freedom in Brazil, at least 15 legislative bills seek to protect media professionals from attacks. Among them, there are proposals to consider as heinous crimes against journalists, to federalize the investigation of these crimes, to toughen penalties of bodily injury and homicides and even to classify the harassment of press professionals as a crime.

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Homes raided and a ‘gag law,’ signs of a more dangerous 2021 for journalism in Nicaragua

The government of Daniel Ortega intensified repression against the critical press through the police and the justice system. In 2020 there were daily attacks against freedom of expression, and 2021 opened with raids on the home of journalist Anibal Toruño.