Topic “violence against journalists”
Mexican journalists seeking protection from drug-related violence run into U.S. bureaucracy and stereotypes
After living through a violent nightmare in Mexico, arrival at the doorstep of the United States should feel like a welcome relief for threatened Mexican journalists.
The reality, however, is much more somber as journalists find themselves confronted by a society full of perceptions and stereotypes of Mexican immigrants, and stuck trying to navigate through an outdated asylum process that neglects contemporary forms of persecution. Read more »
By the International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Journalists in peacetime Mexico trying to cover drug-related stories are suffering levels of traumatic stress similar to those of war correspondents, according to a scientific study.
The survey was carried out by Dr Anthony Feinstein, professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, who 10 years ago also published the most authoritative study into trauma and stress among war reporters. Read more »
President Hugo Chávez's administration informed the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday, Sept. 11, that Venezuela will begin the formal process of leaving the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the IACHR Court, according to the website El Mundo. Read more »
A slew of attacks and threats against journalists took place over the last week in Argentina. After being beaten, one journalist also received a death threat in the village of Sancti Spirtiu in the province of Santa Fe on Tuesday, Aug. 14, reported the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish). Read more »
A Venezuelan journalist from the TV station Venezoelana de Televisión reported being attacked by supporters of presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, reported the National Union of Venezuelan Journalists. Read more »
A group of hooded individuals set the offices of the Mexican newspaper El Norte on fire in the city of Monterrey, in northern Mexico, on Sunday, July 29, reported El Norte. Read more »
Authorities in the city of Puerto de Cortés have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect in the assassination attempt on a journalist in Honduras, reported the organization Committee for Free Expression in Honduras (C-Libre in Spanish) on Wednesday, July 18. Read more »
Of the 67 killings and 14 disappearances of journalists in Mexico since 2006, in only one case have the perpetrators been brought to justice, according to a special prosecutor testifying before a Congressional panel in Mexico City, reported the Associated Press and the Examiner. Read more »
VIDEO: Federal protection law for Mexican press is just first step toward a solution, says human rights journalist
The passage of recent legislation in Mexico that allows crimes against journalists to be investigated at the federal, instead of local, level is just a first step toward improving the dire situation currently facing the Mexican press, Daniela Pastrana of the organization Periodistas de a Pie told the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »
A team of reporters from the Venezuelan TV channel Televen were attacked on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 10, as shots were fired from the roof of the National Prison of Maracaibo, better known as the Sabaneta prison, in the state of Zulia, reported the news site Noticias Al Día. The shots came from prisoners who were unhappy with the news information currently circulating in the country. Read more »