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Mexican journalist killed while under state protection in Veracruz

Another journalist from Veracruz, Mexico has been killed, this time while under state protection.

On July 21, police reporter Pedro Tamayo Rosas was shot multiple times in front of his wife and children outside his house in Tierra Blanca. He died on the way to the hospital. Read more »


Death toll for Latin American journalists stands at 24 in the first six months of 2016


By Heloisa Aruth Sturm and Teresa Mioli

 

Twenty-four journalists were killed or died under unclear circumstances in Latin America in the first six months of 2016. Eight of these deaths were recorded just in the month of June.

More than half of the deaths registered this year occurred in only two countries: Mexico (9) and Guatemala (5). Homicides and deaths were also reported in Honduras (3), El Salvador (3), Brazil (2) and Venezuela (2). Perpetrators were identified in only five cases. Read more »


Veteran Guatemalan journalist and news radio host killed by armed men

Journalist Álvaro Aceituno López, 65, was killed near his home in Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango in southwest Guatemala on June 25. He is the fifth journalist killed in Guatemala in the first six months of 2016, according to the Center for Informative Reports about Guatemala (Cerigua). Read more »


Journalist killed in Tamaulipas, Mexico is second journalist killed in that country in less than 24 hours

Less than 24 hours after the death of a journalist in Oaxaca, a reporter in Tamaulipas state has been killed by a group of armed men. She is the eighth journalist killed in Mexico this year.

On the morning of June 20, journalist and teacher Zamira Esther Bautista, 44, was shot while in her car outside of her home in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state in northeastern Mexico. Read more »


Mexican journalist killed while covering teachers' protest in Oaxaca


Mexican reporter Elidio Ramos Zárate, who had been covering a teachers’ union protest in Oaxaca, was killed on June 19 while taking a photo of a robbery in-progress at a convenience store, according to newspaper El Universal. Read more »


Colleagues urge authorities to investigate deaths of Guatemalan and Salvadoran journalists

(Editor's note: This post has been updated for clarification.)

In the span of a week, two respected journalists in Central America have died under mysterious circumstances. Journalists associations in Guatemala and El Salvador are calling on authorities to solve the deaths of television director Víctor Hugo Valdez and television producer Pedro Antonio Portillo, respectively. Read more »


Mexican and Brazilian journalists killed in 2015 honored in Newseum memorial in Washington

Two Latin American journalists will be recognized this year at the rededication of the Journalists Memorial of the Newseum, a U.S.-based museum and institute dedicated to freedom of expression.

Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa Becerril and Brazilian radio host Gleydson Carvalho are among the 20 journalists from around the world who will represent all communications workers killed in 2015. Read more »


Another possible kidnapping of journalists in Colombia; Catalina Botero stresses journalists’ role in dangerous areas

The security situation for the Colombian press seems to be getting worse in the midst of peace negotiations between the government and rebel groups in the country. Read more »


Spanish journalist disappears in area of Colombia controlled by rebel groups

The Spanish journalist Salud Hernández-Mora disappeared on Saturday May 21 at noon in the municipality of El Tarra, while investigating the eradication of illegal crops in the region of Catatumbo in the Colombian department of Norte de Santander, according to Reuters. Read more »


Journalists call on government for thorough investigation after another colleague is killed in Veracruz, Mexico

Journalist Manuel Torres González, 45, was shot in the head from behind on May 14 after leaving state offices in the city of Poza Rica in northern Veracruz, as reported by Milenio, citing the Attorney General of Veracruz. Read more »


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