Topic “violence against journalists”
“My guards are almost family": threatened journalist who has been living under 24-hour protection for 20 years
Journalist Cándido Figueredo lives with his wife, and seven guards armed with machine guns, in what he likes to call “my prison.” With a mixture of irony and regret, Figueredo describes his house, which also serves as a branch of Paraguay’s largest newspaper ABC Color. For more than 20 years, Figueredo has lived with a 24-hour security escort, the only way to continue working as journalist in the dangerous city of Pedro Juan Caballero, on Paraguay’s border with Brazil. Read more »
“Journalism is not incompatible with activism”: Jineth Bedoya, recipient of the Award for Courageous International Reporting
Jineth Bedoya Lima is likely one of the most award-winning Colombian journalists. Both her 20-year journalistic career and her activism to end violence against women, to which she has dedicated herself in recent years, have been recognized by national and international organizations. Read more »
September 10 marks one year since the murder of Colombian journalist Flor Alba Núñez in the city of Pitalito, in the department of Huila. In that time, her family, colleagues and organizations defending freedom of the press have fought to investigate the crime and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
(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 »