"The Association of Journalists of El Salvador (APES, for its Spanish acronym) fears for reporters in that country and has already taken preventive measures. For this reason, a group of 10 journalists left El Salvador to continue investigating gang-related issues, without suffering reprisals or future criminal charges.
The law that punishes with 15 years in prison anyone who spreads information about gangs in El Salvador, as well as a series of legal reforms, pave the way to replicate the Nicaraguan case, where the [Daniel Ortega's] dictatorship has imprisoned almost 200 opponents, among them journalists, activists and politicians.
'Although, to date, no journalists have been imprisoned, APES has acted preventively. We tell them that if they are going to publish anything about it [gang-related issues], they should leave,' Angélica Cárcamo, president of APES, said."