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Violence Against Journalists

Journalists attending press conference in Brazil's Justice Ministry

Brazilian Government responds to demands from press freedom organizations and creates the National Observatory on Violence against Journalists

The Brazilian government announced the creation of the National Observatory of Violence against Journalists, a demand from organizations defending press freedom and journalists. National Secretary of Justice, Augusto de Arruda Botelho, told LatAm Journalism Review (LJR) that the creation of the new body was motivated by the "escalating violence" against journalists in the country.

Graphics of journalists being hit with a background of a protest in Peru.

After experiencing the most violent year for the press in 2022, journalists in Peru start 2023 with almost one attack per day while covering the social crisis

A little more than a month after the departure of President Pedro Castillo, the Peruvian press has experienced more than 70 cases of aggressions including beatings, insults and vandalism of equipment and facilities by demonstrators, as well as threats, obstruction of coverage and even an attack with rubber bullets by police officers.

A book of Brazil's Constitution amid debris after invasion and pillage of Brazilian Congress

Assault, robbery and death threats: Journalists are attacked by Bolsonarists while covering invasion and vandalism of government buildings in Brasilia, Brazil

At least 12 journalists were physically assaulted, robbed or threatened with death by groups of Bolsonarists while covering the terrorist acts perpetrated by supporters of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on Jan. 8 in Brasilia. Thousands of them stormed and vandalized the National Congress, the Planalto Palace and the Supreme Court in the face of inaction by police officers present, who in more than one case also refused to help journalists.

Covers of Mexican newspapers with a background of a car on fire.

Journalists suffer threats with weapons and theft of vehicles and equipment during riot over drug lord's arrest in Culiacan, Mexico

At least half a dozen journalists were victims of theft, intimidation and obstacles to carry out their work by members of organized crime during the wave of violence unleashed on Jan. 5 in the capital of the state of Sinaloa following the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán, son of "El Chapo."

Newspaper covers about Mexican journalists killed

Number of journalists murdered in Latin America increases 163 percent by 2022

Twenty-nine journalists and communicators were murdered in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2022, according to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) counted up to Dec. 21. This represents a 163 percent increase over 2021. Mexico and Haiti lead the ranking of murders of press professionals.

Building of the Supreme Court of the United States

After being spied on, some El Faro journalists sue Pegasus spyware maker in the United States

Fifteen journalists from digital outlet El Faro of El Salvador have filed a lawsuit in a U.S. court against NSO Group, the Israeli company that makes the Pegasus spyware. “It is necessary to set a precedent so that the companies that promote this espionage market, as well as the customers that run this program, know that their actions have consequences,” said Julia Gavarrete, one of the journalists from El Faro who filed the lawsuit in U.S. courts.

Headshots of journalists killed in Mexico in 2022

Mexico finishes 2022 with almost twenty journalists murdered, while colleagues and organizations cry out for justice and an end to impunity

With the murder of Pedro Pablo Kumul on Nov. 21 in Veracruz, at least 17 members of the press have been murdered in Mexico in 2022. Journalists and organizations demand justice and agree that only the correct administration of justice can stop the bloody wave that threatens journalism in that country.

'They call to threaten me and say I can’t return': Guatemalan journalist Michelle Mendoza

Guatemalan journalist Michelle Mendoza, a CNN correspondent, has been in exile for six months after years of being harassed and threatened because of her journalism. Even while outside of Guatemala, she continues to receive calls and messages with the intention of intimidating her and keeping her from returning. In this interview, she discusses her situation and the harassment she has suffered.

Journalists who have been killed in Haiti in 2022

Violence, police brutality and economic crisis push journalism in Haiti to critical situation

One journalist murdered, another shot at and another arrested and beaten by the police are the latest victims of a wave of violence against the press in Haiti, a country where eight journalists have been killed so far this year. At the same time, the social-political crisis and poverty are slowly suffocating the Haitian media.

Member of the Mexican Army in front of a background of computer text

Military forces behind new cases of spying on Mexican journalists, reveals 'Ejército Espía' investigation

A forensic and journalistic investigation found evidence of spying with Pegasus spyware against journalist Ricardo Raphael and a colleague from Animal Político by the Mexican Army, an institution that has seen its power grow considerably during the López Obrador administration.