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 […]
In their mission to document the events, many photojournalists in Latin America suffer attacks or arrests by the police.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
In almost a week of peaceful demonstrations throughout the Peru, journalists also became targets.