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Violence Against Journalists

Jineth Bedoya Lima

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 […]

Photojournalist at protest

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.

Policeman shooting during protest in Northern Peru. (Photo: Iván Orbegoso/La Industria)

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.

Deputado Jair Bolsonaro com seus filhos, antes da cerimônia de diplomação de Bolsonaro como presidente da república eleito.

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.

Front door of journalist's house that was damaged

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.

Lit candle

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).

Miroslava Breach

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.

The Reporteros team prepares for the documentary

'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.

Foto de protestas en Lima, Perú

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.