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Guatemala: Attorney of elPeriódico's president, José Rubén Zamora, is convicted of obstruction of justice in journalist's case

"The Tenth Court of First Criminal Instance [of Guatemala] convicted this Tuesday, Feb. 21, attorney Mario Castañeda, who defended the president of the newspaper elPeriódico, José Rubén Zamora. [...] Judge Jimmi Bremmer issued a three-year commuted prison sentence against the lawyer for the crime of conspiracy to obstruct justice. [...] The head of the Special […]

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IAPA denounces abuse of lawsuits against media and journalists in Panama

"The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) denounced the continued abuse of defamation lawsuits against Panamanian media and journalists and the preventive seizure of their assets as mechanisms of intimidation and gagging to curb critical journalism. The IAPA endorsed the recent expressions of its regional vice-presidency in Panama, the National Council of Journalists (CNP, by its […]

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Brazil: Journalist Rogério Florentino faces criminal charges for story

"Journalist Rogério Florentino, from Cuiabá (capital of the state of Mato Grosso), is being targeted by abusive legal actions intended to harm the work of the press. Florentino is facing a criminal complaint filed by businessman Pedro Eugenio Gomes Procópio da Silva, owner of two mining companies operating in the city, Ofir Intermediações de Cuiabá […]

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Guatemalan justice system once again charges journalist José Rubén Zamora

"This Tues. [Jan. 31], a Guatemalan court charged renowned journalist and main opponent of President Alejandro Giammattei, José Rubén Zamora Marroquín, for alleged obstruction of justice. This brings to two the number of criminal proceedings opened against the founder of El Periódico. Zamora Marroquín is also accused of money laundering, for which he has been […]

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Colombian Constitutional Court rules in favor of journalists who published allegations against filmmaker Ciro Guerra

"The Constitutional Court [of Colombia] has just denied a tutela [legal remedy in the Colombian system for guaranteeing fundamental rights] filed by filmmaker Ciro Guerra against journalists Catalina Ruiz-Navarro and Matilde de los Milagros. Said journalists published in June 2020 in the digital news site Volcanicas eight allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against Guerra […]

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Lawsuit against journalist raises concerns about press freedom in Ecuador

"National and international organizations expressed their concern on Tuesday (Jan. 17) about the lawsuit for moral damages filed against a journalist who published an article on alleged acts of corruption involving the government and the brother-in-law of Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso. The Venezuelan journalist of the digital media La Posta, Andersson Boscán -who has lived […]

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Brazilian state assembly investigates journalists, news outlets reporting on abortion case

“On October 11, Santa Catarina’s state assembly held the first session of a Parliamentarian Commission of Investigation (CPI, by its Portuguese acronym), which is investigating The Intercept Brasil and Portal Catarinas for their joint report, published on June 20, about attempts by members of the state’s legal system to stop an 11-year-old rape survivor from […]

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Bolivian press associations reject accusation against journalist Roberto Puma

"Bolivia's press associations rejected on Sept. 10 the accusation against a journalist who denounced the poor condition of school breakfasts in the southern department of Tarija, Bolivia. A mayor initiated legal proceedings against him, demanding he reveals his source. The National Association of the Bolivian Press (ANPB) and the Association of Journalists of La Paz […]

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Costa Rica is responsible for the violation of freedom of expression of two journalists: IACHR Court ruling

"In the ruling filed today in the Case of Moya Chacón et al. v. Costa Rica, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights found the State of Costa Rica internationally responsible for the violation of the right to freedom of thought and expression to the detriment of journalists Ronald Moya Chacón and Freddy Parrales Chaves, as […]

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Paraguay: Journalist and editor of ABC Color newspaper are acquitted

"A Paraguayan court acquitted journalist Juan Carlos Lezcano and the director of ABC Color, Natalia Zuccolillo, of guilt and reproach. The former vice-minister of taxation of that country, Marta González Ayala, had sued them for alleged defamation because she felt affected by the news outlet's publications. 'The typical elements for slander and defamation are not […]