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Guatemala: Hearing to determine whether imprisoned journalist José Rubén Zamora goes to second trial is suspended

“A Guatemalan judge suspended the hearing [on Feb. 21] in which it was to be decided whether journalist José Rubén Zamora goes to a second trial for allegedly obstructing an investigation against him for which he was already sentenced to six years in prison. The head of the Special Prosecutor's Office Against Corruption, Rafael Curruchiche, […]

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El Salvador: APES warns about judicial process that could set 'disastrous' precedent for press freedom

“The Association of Journalists of El Salvador (APES, for its acronym in Spanish) denounces the progression -- despite the legal barriers that protect journalism -- of the judicial process filed by businessman Yakov Fauster against media outlet El Diario de Hoy (EDH) and against journalist Jorge Beltrán Luna. This is a case that began in […]

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Rapporteur from IACHR visits Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora in prison

"The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Pedro Vaca, visited journalist José Rubén Zamora Marroquín this Monday [Feb. 12] in a prison in Guatemala, where he has been detained since July 29, 2022. According to the IACHR, Rapporteur Vaca is in Guatemala at the invitation of the […]

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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 sends case of elPeriódico journalists and columnists to the Printing Court

“Judge Aurora Gutiérrez, of the Fifth Criminal Court [of Guatemala], ruled that the case being pursued against six journalists and two columnists from the defunct newspaper elPeriódico cannot continue to be resolved through criminal proceedings and now a Printing Court must hear the case, as stipulated in the Constitution of the Republic. The defense of […]

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CPJ urges Guatemalan authorities to ensure a fair retrial for journalist José Rubén Zamora

"The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Guatemalan authorities to respect journalist José Rubén Zamora’s right to a fair trial in his retrial, which a Guatemala court on Monday [Nov. 6] scheduled for Feb. 5, 2024. 'Jose Rubén Zamora has endured detention and punitive legal proceedings simply because he dared to report on corruption,' said […]

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Argentina: Ruling in the case of journalist Diego Masci highlights that public interest comes first

"The Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA, by its Spanish acronym) welcomes the ruling of the San Luis court in favor of journalist Diego Masci, who had been prosecuted and convicted for having disseminated a video of a former provincial education minister. The journalistic director of zbol.com.ar had been convicted for the alleged commission of the criminal […]

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IACHR presents case of journalist who died during protest in Ecuador before the Inter-American Court

“The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) presented Case 12.919 regarding Ecuador before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I/A Court) on July 9, 2023. It concerns the death of photojournalist Julio García Romero during a demonstration in 2005 and the lack of a diligent and effective investigation of what happened. [...] In its Merits […]

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Guatemalan appeals court overturns conviction of journalist José Rubén Zamora and orders new trial

"An appeals court in Guatemala ruled on Thursday [Oct. 12] to overturn the sentence dictated in June against journalist José Rubén Zamora Marroquín and ordered a retrial. Last June, Zamora was sentenced to six years in prison for an alleged crime of money laundering. The court's decision against the founder of elPeriódico newspaper came before […]

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Rum company owner sues Haitian news site AyiboPost, editor-in-chief for criminal defamation

"The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the criminal defamation suit filed by the owner of the rum company Rhum Barbancourt against the independent news website AyiboPost and its editor-in-chief, Widlore Mérancourt, and calls on Haitian authorities to repeal the country’s punitive criminal defamation laws, the organization said Friday [Oct. 6]. On Sept. 14, […]