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Another suspension in the trial of Guatemalan journalist Norma Sancir's attackers denounced

"Nine years have passed since journalist Norma Sancir was arrested by the National Civil Police (PNC, by its Spanish acronym) and jailed for five days while covering a community protest in Camotán, Chiquimula [Guatemala]. Three agents and a commissioner are now being prosecuted for abuse of authority. The defense has maintained a strategy of delaying […]

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Press freedom organization denounces acquittal of former intelligence agent implicated in torture case against Colombian journalist Claudia Julieta Duque

"The [Colombian] Foundation for Press Freedom (Flip, by its Spanish acronym) rejected the acquittal decision of a judge who, on May 30, found Ronal Rivera Rodríguez, former officer of the Special Intelligence Group G3 of the then Administrative Department of Security (DAS, by its Spanish acronym), not guilty for the aggravated torture of which journalist […]

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'No one forgets him here!': Six years after the murder of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez

"Javier Arturo Valdez Cárdenas was nationally and internationally recognized for his crónicas and investigations, in which he reported the violence in his home state of Sinaloa, Mexico. He practiced journalism in the midst of the prevailing violence in Mexico and confronted, through his pen, corruption, political power and drug trafficking. For Javier, self-censorship was never […]

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Mexico: Almost eight years since the crime of photojournalist Rubén Espinosa and four women, relatives demand progress from Attorney General's Office

"Almost eight years after the crime, relatives of Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa and the other four women murdered in what is known as the Narvarte Case demanded progress from the Attorney General's Office of Mexico City, especially in determining the motive and identifying the masterminds. At a press conference held at the Mexico City Human […]

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Five administrations, same impunity: Eight years after the murder of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez

"Today [Jan. 24] marks eight years since Moisés Sánchez, a foot journalist in Medellín de Veracruz, was found dead. On Jan. 2, 2015, a convoy with armed subjects entered the home of José Moisés Sánchez Cerezo, director of La Unión: La Voz de Medellín, deprived him of his freedom and kidnapped him for 22 days, […]

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UNESCO: Impunity for killings of Journalists remains unacceptably high at 86%

“On Nov. 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, UNESCO renews its call for all necessary measures to ensure that crimes committed against journalists are properly investigated and their perpetrators identified and convicted. New UNESCO data show that the global impunity rate for journalist killings remains shockingly high at 86%. [...] […]

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Surviving a murdered journalist in Mexico

"For many years, Griselda, one of the first people to arrive at the street where Javier Valdez lay dead with 12 bullets in his body, cursed her husband: 'Why did he have to sign that article,' 'he was selfish and didn't think of us' or 'he didn't love us as much as he said...,' she […]

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Ecuadorian Attorney General's Office raids offices of digital news outlet in Manta for investigation into journalist's murder

"One month after the assassination of journalist Gerardo Delgado, [who used to work at] Ola Manta, the Montecristi Prosecutor's Office is moving forward with preliminary investigations, amid complete secrecy. According to information from the news outlet La Marea de Manabí, by a request of the Police to the Prosecutor's Office, and by order of a […]

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23 years after the murder of journalist Jaime Garzón, Colombians demand justice and truth

"You may remember him for his oval glasses and droopy eyes, for the smile he always gave to viewers and for the contrast between the reflections and the humorous criticisms he made about Colombia, a country that at that time was in the midst of a violent scenario composed of paramilitary groups and the extinct […]

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Impunity prevails in aggressions against women journalists in Mexico, says Article 19

"In Mexico, being a woman and a journalist implies a double violence. On the one hand, the one that impacts us every day with 10 murdered women; and on the other, the absolute lack of access to comprehensive protection for the exercise of freedom of expression, with 99% of impunity in recorded cases of attacks […]