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Violence Against Journalists

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Venezuelan journalist Orlando Avendaño denounces raid on his parents' house

"Venezuelan journalist Orlando Avendaño, whom the Attorney General of the Republic Tarek William Saab accused of 'instigating hatred,' denounced that officials of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin, for its acronym in Spanish) raided his parents' home in Venezuela. 'Around noon this Monday, April 1, a group of officials from the Sebin broke into my […]

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Argentina: 40% of attacks on journalism come from government

"In the time that Javier Milei has been in office, four out of 10 aggressions to the press have had the president or his ministers as main characters, according to the data of the survey carried out by the Freedom of Expression Monitoring of the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA, for its Spanish acronym). The figure […]

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IAPA delegation to meet with President Daniel Noboa in Ecuador

"An international delegation from the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) is traveling this week to Ecuador to meet with President Daniel Noboa, among other authorities, journalists, and media representatives, to address the situation of press freedom in the country. President Noboa will sign the Chapultepec and Salta declarations, committing to guaranteeing press freedom and freedom […]

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UN agency in Argentina publishes guide: 'Digital violence and harassment. Action tools for journalists'

"Gender violence online is a problem that increases year after year and women with a public voice, especially journalists, gender editors, politicians, activists and human rights defenders, are the main recipients. Therefore, it is key to address it responsibly, to prevent it from reproducing, to collaborate to prevent it and to work to eradicate it. […]

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Colombia approves fund to address cases of female journalists who are victims of gender violence

“On March 7, in the fourth debate, the House of Representatives [of Colombia] approved the bill that creates the Fondo No es Hora de Callar (It is not time to be silent fund) for the prevention, protection and assistance of female journalists who are victims of gender violence. This fund is part of the reparation […]

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Violence against journalists in Brazil fell in 2023, but judicial restrictions a concern, says FENAJ

"After unprecedented growth in recent years, the number of cases of violence against journalists fell again in 2023. The report Violence Against Journalists and Press Freedom in Brazil by the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ, for its acronym in Portuguese) shows that, last year, 181 cases were recorded, which represents a drop of 51.86% compared […]

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Prediction for 2024: Journalism refuses to die in Latin America (despite everything)

"In 2022, Latin America was the most dangerous region in the world to practice journalism. According to different NGO data, between 30 and 42 journalists were killed in that year. Although there are still no official figures for 2023, the picture is not very different: UNESCO states that 69 journalists from ten countries were killed […]

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Three journalists are missing after being abducted by armed groups in Guerrero, Mexico

Three journalists and two relatives of one of them were kidnapped by armed men in Taxco, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, according to the organizations Artículo 19 - Office for Mexico and Central America and Comunicación e Información de la Mujer A.C. (CIMAC, by its Spanish acronym). The first victims were Marco Antonio Toledo […]

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Honduras Protection Mechanism is inadequate in the face of high levels of intimidation of journalists, says UN rapporteur

"The legal and judicial system in Honduras has failed to ensure justice and accountability for the most serious crimes and threats to the safety of human rights defenders, journalists and social communicators, a UN expert said [Oct. 31]. […] 'Almost every journalist I spoke to – whether in mainstream media, online media, or community radio, […]

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Report documents and systematizes five years of press freedom violations in Nicaragua

"1329 press freedom violations, mostly perpetrated by state agents, against 338 Nicaraguan journalists, and 378 aggressions against 78 media outlets were documented and systematized by the Foundation for Freedom of Expression and Democracy [FLED, by its Spanish acronym], between April 2018 and April 2023, one of the darkest and most violent periods for independent journalism […]