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In 2020, 13 countries reported 3,350 attacks against journalists and media: Voces del Sur

"The Voces del Sur (VDS) network presented the Shadow Report 2020  that compiles alerts related to violations of freedom of expression, freedom of the press and access to information that occurred in 13 Latin American countries: Argentina , Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. [...] The regional results […]

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Guatemalan journalist Anastasia Mejía honored by CPJ with 2021 International Press Freedom Award

"The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) will honor four courageous journalists from Belarus, Guatemala, Mozambique, and Myanmar with the 2021 International Press Freedom Awards. All four have reported during a historically turbulent time, covering protests and political upheaval in their countries. [...] Anastasia Mejía (Guatemala): Mejía is a radio journalist based in Joyabaj, a town […]

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Guatemalan police raid house of editor of elPeriódico

"Through an order signed by Judge Geisler Smaille Pérez Domínguez, an armed group from the National Civil Police (PNC, for its acronym in Spanish) and personnel from the public prosecutor's office entered the home of Juan José Corado, sports editor of elPeriódico, this Wednesday [June 9] at 6:00 a.m. to carry out a search. [...] […]

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Criminal complaints filed against journalists in Guatemala after publication on public interest case

“Journalists Marvin del Cid and Sonny Figueroa were denounced on May 21 by María Luisa Morales Gatica de Martínez and Claudia Ivonne Martinez Morales de Girón because of a journalistic investigation into the luxury properties that relatives of the former director of the Center of Government, Luis Miguel Martínez Morales, occupied during his tenure and […]

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Proposed ‘NGO Law’ threatens press freedom, independent reporting in Guatemala

"On May 12, newly elected members of Guatemala’s Constitutional Court overturned a March 2020 ruling by the court’s former members that had halted the implementation of the so-called 'NGO Law,' a set of amendments to the country’s laws covering non-governmental organizations, according to Reuters. The amendments, which will go into force if signed by President […]

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Guatemalan journalists denounce new surveillance and attacks against them

"Guatemalan investigative journalists Sonny Figueroa and Marvin del Cid denounced on Wednesday [March 31] that they had been the object of surveillance and attacks against them and one of them even said the National Civil Police (PNC, for its acronym in Spanish) held him near his home, without explanation. It is not the first time […]

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One Free Press Coalition highlights cases of women journalists in Mexico and Guatemala on '10 Most Urgent' list

The One Free Press Coalition, which publishes a monthly list of the "10 Most Urgent" press freedom cases around the world, focused on women journalists for March 2021 in anticipation of International Women's Day (March 8). On its list were journalists from Mexico and Guatemala. Among those on the list is Mexican columnist and reporter […]

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CPJ, Human Rights Watch call on Guatemala to improve press freedom, access to information

"The administration of President Alejandro Giammattei in Guatemala has targeted the media through bellicose rhetoric and false accusations throughout the president’s first year in office, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said today. Investigations into threats, attacks, and two killings of journalists during this period have made little progress." Read original […]

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CPJ joins call for Guatemalan authorities to drop criminal charges against journalist Anastasia Mejía

"The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 50 human rights organizations, media outlets, and individuals in a statement calling on Guatemalan authorities to drop all remaining charges against Indigenous radio journalist Anastasia Mejía Tiriquiz." Read the full article

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Guatemalan journalists receive threatening messages at home

"Journalists and members of the organization Article 35, Sonny Figueroa and Marvin Del Cid, received a threat through an anonymous message left in Del Cid's mailbox on Dec. 7, 2020 in Guatemala City. The message read: 'Marvin and Sonny stop investigating and publishing shit or you'll see.' In an interview with ARTICLE 19, Del Cid […]