Almost four years after Brazilian radio journalist Gleydson Carvalho was murdered inside the studio where he was working, a Brazilian court convicted three people of involvement in the crime.
The worrisome figures of violence against the press in Mexico – pointed out by various organizations as one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism – become even more dramatic when taking into account levels of impunity in those cases.
The report analyzes trends in the region and how they affect freedom of expression, pluralism and media independence, as well as the safety of journalists.
Days after witness testimony in a U.S. trial pointed to the sons of a Mexican drug lord for the murder of journalist Javier Valdez, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told the reporter’s widow that the government will support the investigation into his killing.
There has been another advancement in the case of the 2014 murder of Paraguayan journalist Pablo Medina and his assistant Antonia Almada.
The impunity of homicides against journalists in Brazil has been increasingly frequent in the interior of the country, according to a recent report from Article 19, "The cycle of silence: impunity in murders of communicators."
In Latin America and the Caribbean, just 18 percent of cases of murdered journalists, or 41 out of 226 cases condemned by UNESCO between 2006 and 2017, have been reported as resolved by Member States, according to UNESCO.
Mexico, Colombia and Brazil are among the top 14 countries in the world where the murderers of journalists are not punished in court.
Former military officer Daniel Urresti, who is running for mayor of Lima on Oct. 7, was acquitted as co-author of the murder of journalist Hugo Bustios in 1988.
This is the second case of the Tim Lopes Program for the Protection of Journalists since Abraji launched the initiative in September 2017 to investigate murders, assassination attempts and abductions of media professionals and to continue the reports interrupted by the killers.