Guatemalan journalist Carlos Choc faces criminal charges after covering protest

  • Source: CPJ
  • April 4, 2022

"Guatemalan authorities should immediately drop criminal charges against journalist Carlos Ernesto Choc, a correspondent for local news outlet Prensa Comunitaria, and stop using the country’s justice system to harass and silence the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

On January 14, a criminal court judge in Puerto Barrios, in the eastern Guatemalan department of Izabal, issued an arrest warrant for Choc based on a complaint from 13 police officers who accused the journalist of ‘instigation to commit a crime’ after he reported on an October 2021 demonstration against mining activities in El Estor, Izabal, according to Prensa Comunitaria and the Guatemalan Association of Journalists."

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