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Topic “violence against journalists”

Journalist who denounced death threats is killed in broad daylight in Veracruz, Mexico

This story is developing and will be updated as new information is found.

Journalist María Elena Ferral was shot eight times while in central Papantla in the state of Veracruz around 2 p.m. on March 30, according to Diario de Xalapa, a newspaper for which she was a correspondent. She died six hours later. Read more »


Young journalist shot in Guatemala dies

This story is developing and will be updated as new information is obtained. Read more »


UPDATE: Mexican journalist abducted in Morelos is rescued by state and federal authorities

UPDATE (Published Feb. 20, 2020): A magazine director in the state of Morelos was rescued in an operation by state and federal authorities on Feb. 20 after being abducted by armed men the previous day.

Adrián Fernández Guerra, businessman and general director of Revista Perfil, was abducted by armed men from a bar where he was celebrating his brithday around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 19.  Read more »


‘There are rumors that the PCC is planning attacks against other journalists,’ says reporter at the Brazil-Paraguay border

Paraguayan correspondent Cándido Figueredo, who works in the city of Pedro Juan Caballero, on the border with Brazil, says the situation in the region is "very tense" after the murder of Brazilian journalist Lourenço Veras, known as Léo Veras, on Feb. 12. Read more »


Threatened Brazilian journalist killed by gunmen in Paraguay in dangerous border region


By Júlio Lubianco and Marina Estarque

Brazilian journalist Lourenço Veras, known as Léo Veras, editor-in-chief of the website Porã News, was assassinated on the night of Feb. 12 in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay. The city is next to the Brazi’s Ponta Porã. Read more »


RESEARCH: How country regime type can translate to a dangerous environment for journalists


As democracy has weakened globally over the last quarter century, local authoritarians became the chief threat to journalists, a condition many Latin Americans will recognize. We must highlight local journalists’ contributions to democratic accountability and protection of rights as we pressure national governments to reverse this trend.


By Sallie Hughes* Read more »


Mexican radio host and manager found dead in Michoacán during first week of 2020

A radio host and manager in the Mexican state of Michoacán was found dead along a highway near the state of Guerrero. Read more »


Mexico leads globally as one of deadliest countries for journalists despite ‘historic low’ in killings around the world

Even as the number of journalists killed globally is at its lowest point in 17 years, Mexico continues to be the world’s second deadliest country for press professionals, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


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