Journalistic organizations criticize the Public Prosecutor's Office's invasion of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Guatemala

  • Source: FEPALC
  • October 6, 2023

Several journalistic organizations active in Guatemala, such as the Federation of Journalists of Latin America and the Caribbean (Fepalc, by its Spanish acronym), the Association of Journalists of Guatemala and the Network of Journalists condemned the raid of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal by the Public Prosecutor's Office on Sept. 29.

Fepalc condemned the obstacles imposed on journalists trying to document the raid, "and the violence suffered by the workers of the Communications Department of the raided institution, who were not allowed to report or record the events, acts that restrict access to information for the entire population."

In its communiqué, the organization affirms that "attacks on the democratic system require a silenced press, a situation that has been evidenced in the Central American country both before and after the electoral process.

Guatemala's Public Prosecutor's Office has been working to question the outcome of the presidential elections completed on Aug. 20, won by leftist candidate Bernardo Arévalo, of the progressive party Movimiento Semilla. Civil society organizations, the winning candidate and the TSE itself claim that there are coup attempts.

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