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Violence Against Journalists

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IACHR refers case on journalist murdered in Paraguay to the Inter-American Court

"Washington, D.C. - On February 13, 2021, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) referred the case of Santiago Leguizamón Zaván and family, regarding Paraguay, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The case refers to the death of Santiago Leguizamón on April 26, 1991, an important and well-known journalist and human rights defender from […]

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Peruvian journalist denounces death threats and hacking of email

“On Feb. 20, 2021,  journalist Carlos Paredes denounced to IPYS that he has received death threats to his cell phone. He also found that his email was hacked to steal and circulate a preliminary version of his book El Lagarto. The event occurred in Lima, the country's capital. Paredes' book is about former president Martín […]

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Mexican journalist Edgar Leyva in hiding after shooting attempt

"On Feb. 3, in Ocotlán, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, two unidentified men in a car pulled up to a plot of land where [Edgar Leyva Mendoza], his sister, and his aunt were working, and asked for the journalist; when his aunt and sister approached the vehicle, the men opened fire, according to […]

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More than 400 journalists have been victims of the armed conflict in Colombia: National Center of Memory

"The National Center for Historical Memory revealed that 425 journalists were victimized during the armed confrontation in Colombia between 1958 and 2020. The greatest violent acts against them were selective murders with 244 press professionals killed, followed by abductions (149 records ) and forced disappearances with 23 victims. [...] According to the Memory Center, the […]

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Journalists Alvarez Destiné and Méus Jeanril shot as police and armed forces disperse protest in Haiti

"Yesterday [Feb. 8] afternoon, in the Champs-des-Mars area of Port-au-Prince, the capital, unidentified attackers shot Destiné and Jeanril while they were covering protests calling for President Jovenel Moïse to step down, according to media reports and Jacques Desrosiers, secretary general of the Association of Haitian Journalists, a local trade group, who spoke with CPJ via […]

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National Institute of Transparency of Mexico orders Attorney General to make public the investigation of the murder of journalist Regina Martínez

“The National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI, for its acronym in Spanish) instructed the Attorney General of the Republic [of Mexico] to provide the public version of the investigation folder for the homicide of journalist Regina Martínez, who was assassinated on April 28, 2012, when she was a […]

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IACHR grants precautionary measures in favor of 34 identified members of Salvadoran digital newspaper El Faro

“The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) adopted Resolution 12/2021 on Jan. 4, 2021, by which it granted precautionary measures in favor of 34 identified members of the El Faro digital newspaper in El Salvador, after considering that they are in a situation of gravity and urgency of risk of irreparable damage to their rights. […]

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Former governor accused of torture of journalist Lydia Cacho is arrested in Mexico

“Representatives of the Attorney General's Office detained the former governor of Puebla, Mario Marín, at an address in Acapulco, Guerrero. [...] The arrest warrant against the former governor is for the alleged crime of torture to the detriment of journalist Lydia Cacho and was issued by the first Unitary Court in Quintana Roo, with which […]

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El Salvador: 125 aggressions against journalists in 2020, mainly by security forces

"The Association of Journalists of El Salvador (APES, for its acronym in Spanish) presented this Friday [Jan. 29] its annual report on freedom of expression in El Salvador, corresponding to 2020. It mentions an increase in attacks and digital harassment of journalists who question government officials. On the other hand, in 2020 there were 125 […]