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Violence Against Journalists

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.

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At least seven journalists killed for their work in Latin America in 2020; Mexico deadliest country for profession in the region

At least seven journalists working in Latin America were killed in 2020 in reprisal for their work and two more while on a dangerous assignment, according to data from an annual report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

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Mexican authorities arrest former mayor in 2017 murder of journalist Miroslava Breach, but progress in case remains slow

In a move celebrated by journalists and press freedom advocates, Mexican officials announced the arrest of a former mayor in the 2017 murder of journalist Miroslava Breach.

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'Only the work of the press can guarantee a bit of the right to the truth': Honduran investigative journalism site digs into colleagues’ murders

One of the main missions of site Reporteros de Investigación of Honduras is to investigate the murders of its colleagues, as well as obstacles to press freedom in the country.

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Peruvian journalists face attacks, tear gas and projectiles during seven days of national protest

In almost a week of peaceful demonstrations throughout the Peru, journalists also became targets.

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Three journalists killed in Mexico in less than two weeks; press advocates say impunity is to blame

Mexico has witnessed an increase in violence against media in just 10 days. Three journalists were killed in different states, one more is missing and in videos spread on the internet, it’s possible to hear shots ring out during coverage of a protest against femicides.

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Detentions, evictions and phones broken by the police are a constant for Cuban journalist Camila Acosta

Cuban journalist Camila Acosta has had to move 10 times, between March and October, replace her cell phone three times and has been detained up to four times.

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In Latin America and the Caribbean, a vast majority of murders of journalists go unpunished; Mexico and Brazil lead impunity in the region and world

Special reports reveal Mexico as not only the deadliest country in Latin America for journalists, but a global leader in that undesirable category. Along with Brazil, it is also one of the worst countries in the world for convictions of murderers of journalists.

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Helplines assist women journalists in Latin America who are being attacked online

Organizations have launched courses, training or guides on the subject and, more recently, started to provide personalized and free assistance to women journalists who suffer online harassment.