Guatemalan journalist Anastasia Mejía honored by CPJ with 2021 International Press Freedom Award

  • Source: CPJ
  • June 15, 2021

"The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will honor four courageous journalists from Belarus, Guatemala, Mozambique, and Myanmar with the 2021 International Press Freedom Awards. All four have reported during a historically turbulent time, covering protests and political upheaval in their countries.


Anastasia Mejía (Guatemala): Mejía is a radio journalist based in Joyabaj, a town in the central Guatemalan department of Quiché. She co-founded Xolabaj Radio and Xolabaj TV to cover issues of importance for the local community, particularly topics of concern to Indigenous women. In September 2020, police arrested Mejía on criminal charges connected to her coverage of local demonstrations, and she was held in pretrial detention for five weeks before being released on house arrest. Today, her journalistic work is severely restricted."


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