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Journalist Luis Lopez arrested and charged with 'incitement to hatred' in La Guaira, Venezuela

"Relatives of journalist Luis López, detained on Friday, June 14 in [the Venezuelan state of] La Guaira while he was on his way to cover a protest, requested on Sunday [June 16] his unconditional release, as well as that of the rest of the political activists detained by the security forces. [...] The journalist from […]

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Journalists from El Faro detained after reporting at University of El Salvador

“Two journalists from the Salvadoran digital media outlet El Faro were detained at the facilities of the University of El Salvador (UES) in San Salvador. The detention occurred when Brenda Morales, who identified herself as a government worker, without showing any accreditation, asked the journalists to delete the photographs they had taken and in which […]

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Family members request urgent medical attention for journalist Carlos Julio Rojas, detained in Venezuela

“Relatives were finally able to see human rights activist and journalist Carlos Julio Rojas, 39 days after he was detained. He is accused of an alleged plot to assassinate [President Nicolás] Maduro at a march in Caracas, Venezuela. Rojas is being held in the maximum security prison El Helicoide, headquarters of the Bolivarian National Intelligence […]

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Cuban journalists and activists demand 'immediate' release of José Luis Tan Estrada

“Nineteen Cuban journalists, activists and activist artists launched a petition this Monday [April 29] on change.org that was addressed to the global community and colleagues. In it, they demand the ‘immediate' release of Cuban independent reporter José Luis Tan Estrada. Tan Estrada was detained on April 28. He is currently being held at the headquarters […]

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Cuban journalist Camila Acosta detained and sent back to Havana while traveling to interview relatives of political prisoners

"Independent journalist Camila Acosta was detained Sunday [April 21] in [the Cuban municipality of] Cárdenas, [Matanzas province], on orders from State Security when she was on her way to visit relatives of political prisoners, according to CubaNet, the media outlet where the she works. Acosta was held at a police station in Cárdenas for an […]

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Venezuela: Journalist and activist Carlos Julio Rojas arrested for alleged assassination attempt

"On Monday night [April 15], journalist and political leader Carlos Julio Rojas was detained by individuals who forcibly put him in a vehicle without license plates. Several human rights defenders denounced the situation and his disappearance since no detention center confirmed that he was in custody. Hours later the regime's attorney general, Tarek William Saab, […]

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Nicaraguan journalist marks one year in prison

"Nicaraguan journalist Victor Ticay, imprisoned by the government of President Daniel Ortega after covering a religious activity, marked one year in prison on April 6 amid demands from organizations that defend press freedom that he be released. Ticay, originally from Nandaime, a city located about 70 kilometers south of Managua, was arrested on April 6, […]

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Guatemalan judiciary postpones new trial of journalist José Rubén Zamora

“Dressed in a black suit, wearing a white shirt and a red tie, this Monday, Feb. 5 journalist José Rubén Zamora attended the opening hearing of the trial against him for the alleged crime of conspiracy to obstruct justice. […] However, the hearing was suspended and postponed to Feb. 20. The reason is that the […]

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Guatemalan judge sentences three police officers for illegally detaining journalist in 2014

“A criminal judge in Guatemala found three members of the National Civil Police (PNC, for its acronym in Spanish) guilty this Wednesday [Jan. 31] for the illegal detention of journalist Norma Sancir in 2014. The sentencing judge Jorge Ochoa, of the department (province) of Chiquimula, about 155 miles from Guatemala City, convicted the three police […]

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Peruvian police violently detain journalist covering eviction

"Agents of the Peruvian National Police (PNP) violently detained journalist Marcelino Humberto Felipa Sebastián, who works for the digital media Chinchanito TV. The incident occurred while the journalist was covering an eviction case in the district of Alto Larán, Chincha, in the region of Ica. It should be noted that the police officers said they […]