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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by a society full of perceptions and stereotypes of Mexican immigrants, and stuck trying to navigate through an outdated asylum process that neglects contemporary forms of persecution.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 »


Mexican journalists carry same traumas as war correspondents, says a scientific study


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 »


Venezuela begins pullout from American Convention on Human Rights

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 »


Argentine journalists suffer volley of attacks and threats throughout week

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 »


Venezuelan presidential candidate supporters attack journalist

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 »


Honduran television reporter fears for life after identifying suspect who tried to kill him


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 »


67 journalists killed in Mexico since 2006, but only one perpetrator sentenced


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 »


Inmates fire at TV journalists reporting on prisons in Venezuela

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 »



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