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Topic “violence against journalists”

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 »


Attorney General of Colombia calls former intelligence agents for questioning in case of psychological torture of journalist

Four former officials of the now defunct Department of Administrative Security (DAS) in Colombia were called for questioning by the Attorney General’s Office as part of its investigation of the threats and psychological torture of journalist Claudia Julieta Duque, according to newspaper El Espectador. [Read a brief explanation of the scandal below] Read more »


Honduran journalist attacked twice in one day says he is thinking of leaving the country

Honduran journalist Félix Molina who was attacked twice in one day on May 2 has said he is considering leaving the country.

Early in the afternoon on May 2, radio journalist Molina wrote on Facebook about the first assault that happened while he was in a taxi in Tegucigalpa. He said an armed woman pointed a gun at him and a man demanded his phone before telling the woman to shoot. According to his statement, the cab driver pulled away and they escaped. Read more »


Congress members present bill for protection of journalists and press workers in Paraguay

“On Freedom of Expression and Protection of Journalists and Press Workers” was the bill presented on April 27 in Paraguay, a day after the country celebrated the Day of the Journalist, according to newspaper La Nación. The bill was announced at a press conference given by congresswoman and head of the Commission of Human Rights, Olga Ferreira de López and legislator Pastor Vera Bejarano, the newspaper added. Read more »


Correspondent and editor killed in Guerrero is fifth journalist killed in Mexico in 2016

Journalist Francisco Pacheco Beltrán, correspondent of El Sol de Acapulco and radio station Capital Maxima 97.1FM, was killed on April 25 in front of his house in Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero state, in Mexico. He is the fifth journalist murdered this year in the country. Read more »


Article 19 Brazil calls for government response after third blogger killed in Maranhão in six months

After the killing of a blogger in Maranhão, freedom of expression nonprofit organization Article 19 Brazil has called on federal and state authorities to respond to violence against journalists in that state.

Manoel Messias Pereira, also known as Manoel Benhur, was killed on April 9 in the northeastern Brazil state of Maranhão, in the town of Grajaú. Read more »


Honduran journalists hold “demonstration of silence” to demand justice for slain colleagues

Depicting a funeral march, dozens of Honduran journalists marched with at least 60 symbolic coffins to the public prosecutor’s office in Tegucigalpa to demand justice for the deaths of journalists that have occurred in the country in recent years, reported newspaper El Heraldo. Read more »


Man accused of being mastermind behind 2011 murder of Dominican journalist has been arrested in Colombia

Matías Avelino Castro of the Dominican Republic, alleged mastermind behind the murder of Dominican journalist José Agustín Silvestre in 2011, was arrested on April 3 in Bogotá, Colombia, reported Colonel Juan Carlos Gómez, chief of Interpol Colombia, according to AFP. Read more »


Two arrested in attempted murder of radio host in northeastern Brazil

A Brazilian radio host survived what police said was an attempt on his life motivated by his reports on illegal activity. Jair Pereira Teixeira, 45, was shot three times on March 27 in Forquilha in the state of Ceará in northeastern Brazil. Read more »


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