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Violence Against Journalists

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February begins with more violence against journalists in Mexico, while President López Obrador intensifies his stigmatizing speech towards the press

So far in February, Mexico has recorded an attempted assassination of a journalist, two beaten photojournalists and the murder of the son of a well-known journalist from Tijuana, in addition to verbal attacks and disqualifications to members of the press from the Presidency.

Bolsonaro: responsável pela maior parte dos ataques a jornalistas brasileiros em 2021. (Photo: Antonio Cruz/Agência Brasil)

Ahead of 2022 elections in Brazil, continued attacks on Brazilian journalists are a cause for concern, according to FENAJ study

For the second year in a row, President Jair Bolsonaro is the lead attacker of the press in Brazil, according to an annual survey by the National Federation of Journalists. According to the organization, the upcoming national and state elections in October, when Bolsonaro seeks re-election, will increase the risk for journalism in the country in 2022.

José Luis Cabezas: assassinado há 25 anos depois de foto que irritou empresário acusado de corrupção. Foto: CEDOC

25 years after the murder of the Argentine journalist José Luis Cabezas, 25 journalists keep his memory alive

On January 25, 1997, photojournalist José Luis Cabezas was kidnapped, beaten, murdered, and cremated in a vacant lot on the Atlantic coast. On the 25th anniversary of his crime, the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA) invited 25 journalists to remember him with anecdotes and reflections on what his death represents for Argentine journalism.

vigil with candles for journalists killed in Mexico

In January, more than two journalists were murdered per week worldwide, seven of those in Latin America

In the first month of 2022, Latin America took the lead as the deadliest region for the press, with seven journalists killed: four in Mexico, two in Haiti and one in Honduras.

Journalist Lourdes Maldonado as TV host

With three journalists killed, bloody start to 2022 for journalism in Mexico provokes outrage and a wave of protests

Three years after personally asking the President of Mexico for protection, journalist Lourdes Maldonado was shot dead in Tijuana. She is joined by two other colleagues who died violently in the country in less than a month, which colleagues, press freedom organizations, and citizens condemned.

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Nicaragua recorded the most violent year for the press since wave of attacks began in 2018

In 2021, 702 cases of abuse of power and violence against the press by the Daniel Ortega regime were recorded, almost double the 360 reported in 2020. Attacks on independent media outlets are in the lead, with 469 reported cases.

Five questions for Juliana Dal Piva

Safety is the biggest challenge for Brazilian journalists this year, says Juliana Dal Piva, a reporter investigating Bolsonaro family scandals

For at least four years, journalist Juliana Dal Piva has been trying to “understand who is Jair Bolsonaro,” as she said in an interview with LatAm Journalism Review (LJR). She is perhaps one of the Brazilian journalists most dedicated to that mission. Read below the interview with Juliana Dal Piva, the first in the "Five Questions" series, which we are premiering at LJR. (The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity).

John Wesley Amady. Credit: Radio Écoute FM

Two journalists killed by gang members in Haiti while on assignment; organizations demand investigations

Two journalists were killed by gang members in Haiti on Jan. 6. A police report said their bodies had been recovered with "large-caliber bullet wounds," according to AP. Several organizations demand thorough investigations.

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Attacks and harassment against the press in Jalisco raise red flags among press freedom defenders

The Article 19 organization, which has documented three violations and attacks on press freedom in Jalisco in less than a month, said these events show signs of a tendency of the state government to censor the press using legal action.

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Peruvian capital registers record number of attacks on journalists during 2021, according to ANP report

Journalists in the Peruvian capital faced a record number of 105 cases of assault while carrying out their work, especially during the months of presidential election campaigns that were infused with a high social, political and media polarization.