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Violence Against Journalists

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Mexico recognizes it failed to protect journalist murdered three years ago

"On the third anniversary of a news website editor’s murder, the Mexican authorities have publicly acknowledged their failure to protect him and have apologized to his family. [...] Noticias Minuto a Minuto news site editor Gustavo Sánchez Cabrera was fatally shot by gunmen while riding a motorcycle with his son near Morro de Mazatán, a […]

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Colombian mayor accused of hitting journalist

"The work of journalists in Colombia has been pointed out on more than one occasion as a dangerous profession, which is why the Press Freedom Foundation (FLIP, for its acronym in Spanish) constantly monitors violations against this profession in the country; However, attacks against communicators continue to be recorded. The most current case of this […]

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Colombia: Caracol Radio denounces that congressman's messages pose 'a serious risk' to one of its journalists

“Caracol Radio and the Prisa Group are concerned by the constant attacks that [Colombian] Green Party senator Jonathan Ferney Pulido Hernández, known as Jota Pe Hernández, has uttered or motivated through social networks, against our journalist Orlando Villar Forero, due to two journalistic publications made by this radio station. We consider that these attacks put […]

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Journalists injured after reporting car shot at in Rio de Janeiro state

“A reporting team from [Brazil's] TV Record was shot at by criminals in Belford Roxo, in Baixada Fluminense [in the state of Rio de Janeiro], on Tuesday afternoon [June 11]. Reporter Monique Bittencourt and cameraman Thiago Bessa were in a reporting vehicle that was attacked near the community of Castelar. Both were injured, not seriously, […]

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Motorcyclist shoots at house of mother of journalist killed in Paraguay in 2023

"A motorcyclist shot at the home of the mother of a Paraguayan journalist murdered in February 2023 in the city of Pedro Juan Caballero, bordering Brazil, without causing any injuries or major damage, police sources reported. The incident occurred on Saturday night [June 8] in a neighborhood of the capital of the department of Amambay, […]

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Nearly half of journalists covering climate crisis globally received threats for their work

"Almost four out of every 10 journalists covering the climate crisis and environment issues have been threatened as a result of their work, with 11% subjected to physical violence, according to groundbreaking new research. A global survey of more than 740 reporters and editors from 102 countries found that 39% of those threatened “sometimes” or “frequently” were […]

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Coalition in Defense of Journalism demands speed from Brazilian State and justice in murder of Dom Phillips

"In the two years since the murders of journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous affairs expert Bruno Pereira, the Coalition in Defense of Journalism, of which Abraji is a part, demands speedy justice and State action in the case and the growing violence against journalists and defenders of the environment. Dom Phillips, a British reporter, and […]

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Cuban journalist Lázaro Yuri Valle leaves prison and travels to U.S. with special permission

“Independent Cuban journalist and activist Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca, who has been in prison since June 2021 and was sentenced in 2022 to five years in prison for continued enemy propaganda, left the island this Wednesday [June 5] for the United States after obtaining humanitarian parole. As EFE was able to confirm through various sources, […]

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Paraguayan Senate debates creation of protection mechanism for journalists

“In the [Paraguayan] Senate, a public hearing is taking place this Friday [May 31] to debate the bill 'for the protection of journalists and human rights defenders.' The unions representing these sectors are participating. The bill proposes the creation of the 'Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders (MPPD, for its acronym […]

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Dom Phillips Institute launched to honor British journalist killed in Brazilian Amazon

"The Dom Phillips Institute was launched on June 2, in honor of the British journalist who was murdered in Vale do Javari, in the Brazilian Amazon, in June 2022, together with Indigenous affairs expert Bruno Pereira. Several UN bodies called for investigating the crime and combating illegal actions on Indigenous lands. [...] According to Alessandra […]