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Journalists of digital magazine Gato Encerrado denounce slow investigation of Pegasus case in El Salvador

"As part of the investigation in the Pegasus case, journalists from Gato Encerrado were summoned by the Attorney General's Office (FGR) [of El Salvador]. They noted the slowness in the legal process, since more than six months have passed since a report revealed that more than 30 journalists had been tapped using Pegasus software, and […]

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Central America and its 'anti-media rhetoric,' a hostile land for press freedom

"Central America has never been known for its commitment to freedom of the press, but in recent months there have been more and more cases of imprisonment of journalists, illegal raids on newsrooms or the closure of radio stations that are a nuisance to the authorities. France 24 spoke to two heavyweights in the defense […]

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El Salvador’s press remains under hostile environment, according to human rights observatory

“The Salvadoran press experienced a hostil environment in 2021 with attacks, espionage and the discrediting of journalism. This puts at risk fundamental rights in a democratic system such as freedom of the press and access to information, according to a report presented on Tues. July 26. The document Freedom of the press and access to […]

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El Salvador: IACHR maintains measures in favor of journalists from El Faro

“The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) decided to maintain the precautionary measures in favor of members of the Salvadoran media outlet El Faro, as reported this Wednesday (07.13.2022) in a statement. The entity pointed out that the resolution was issued on July 8 and indicated that it 'expands the precautionary measure to three beneficiaries […]

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Salvadoran journalist Carlos Dada wins ICFJ Knight Trailblazer Award

"The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) announced its annual Knight International Journalism Awards, recognizing excellent reporting that makes a difference in the lives of people around the world... Carlos Dada, the founder and director of the Salvadoran news site El Faro (The Lighthouse), was tapped to receive the ICFJ Knight Trailblazer Award. A leading force for […]

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The press is experiencing a 'disheartening panorama' in Latin America, warns IAPA

“The right to freedom of the press is experiencing an extremely delicate moment in countries such as Nicaragua, Venezuela, El Salvador, Cuba or Mexico, black spots on a continent in which 24 journalists have died in the last 12 months, Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) officials said on Tuesday, April 19. In his speech at the […]

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Journalists from El Salvador facing a 'gag' law go to the Supreme Court of Justice

“The Association of Journalists of El Salvador (APES) and the Cristosal organization went on April 19 to the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) to try to reverse a package of reforms that in their opinion 'criminalizes' the press for reporting on gangs. This is a last resort before appearing before international bodies. ‘It is very […]

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Journalists Association of El Salvador warns of possible 'criminalization' against El Faro local news outlet for reporting on gangs

"The Journalists Association of El Salvador (APES, by its Spanish acronym) expressed its solidarity this Saturday, April 9, with the local news outlet El Faro and denounced an 'apparent process of criminalization for their journalistic work' against two of its members. 'In the last few hours, it became known a possible filing of a notice […]

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Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, with an official majority, approves sentences of up to 15 years in prison for reporting on gangs

“The Legislative Assembly approved this Tuesday, March 5, a reform to the Penal Code to sanction with ten to fifteen years in prison those who through the media ‘reproduce or transmit messages or communications’ from gangs. This prohibition covers the dissemination of 'texts, paintings, designs, drawings and graffiti' of gangs, according to the reform approved […]