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Paraguayan state acquiesces in lawsuit in case of journalist Santiago Leguizamón

“More than 30 years after [Santiago] Leguizamón's assassination, [Paraguayan] President Mario Abdo Benítez announced that the lawsuit filed by the communicator's family, in which they accuse the Paraguayan State of inaction to clarify the case, will not be appealed. The case is being processed in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights after the Inter-American Commission […]

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Paraguayan prosecutor files complaint against suspected killer of journalist Leo Veras

“One year and two months after the murder of Brazilian journalist Léo Veras, a new complaint was lodged by the public prosecutor's office of Paraguay. Prosecutor Alicia Sapriza, from the Center for the Fight against Organized Crime, accused Waldemar Pereira Rivas, known as “Cachorrão,” of criminal association and intentional homicide, and asked for a trial. […]

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Paraguayan journalist denounces mayor for death threat

"Journalist Cristian Bianciotto filed a complaint with the public prosecutor on Friday [March 26] against Eladio González, mayor of Coronel Oviedo, in light of the acts of coercion and death threat. It's a situation that has been going on for several months. The communicator fears for his life and that of his family, according to […]

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IACHR refers case of journalist murdered in Paraguay to the Inter-American Court

"Washington, D.C. - On February 13, 2021, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) referred the case of Santiago Leguizamón Zaván and family, regarding Paraguay, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The case refers to the death of Santiago Leguizamón on April 26, 1991, an important and well-known journalist and human rights defender from […]

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Organizations from Mercosur region ask for end to judicial harassment of journalists

"Organizations that defend journalism in the Mercosur region released a joint note calling for an end to judicial harassment of journalists investigating corruption. In the statement, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji, for its acronym in Portuguese), the Forum of Paraguayan Journalists (FOPEP), The Center for Archives and Access to Public Information in Uruguay […]