"A mission of senior U.S. Government officials met this week with different civil society leaders to hear their perspectives on democracy and human rights and also learned about the 'setbacks' in freedom of expression registered by the Association of Journalists of El Salvador (APES, by its Spanish acronym).
The delegation was led by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America of the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Eric Jacobstein; the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Enrique Roig; as well as the Deputy Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mileydi Guilarte.
As of Sept. 27, APES registered 266 aggressions to journalists in 139 cases. The most recorded aggressions were stigmatizing statements, digital harassment, slander and restrictions to the practice of journalism. In 2023, they even recorded four departures of journalists from the country and three internal relocations, that is, these are cases of forced displacement."