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Topic “violence against journalists”

Specialists from UN present proposal to protect journalists

On Wednesday, June 20, two UN Special Rapporteurs called for better protection for journalists during the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, reported the news site Rfi. Read more »


On World Refugee Day, press organizations highlight cases of journalists forced into exile

To mark World Refugee Day on Wednesday, June 20, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its latest report showing 57 journalists were forced into exile between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012. Most of the exiled journalists (seven) came from Somalia, and most (15) fled to the United States. More than half (58 percent) went into exile because of the threat of violence, and 46 percent were exiled because of the threat of imprisonment. Read more »


International press freedom organizations pressure Mexico to protect Veracruz journalists, end impunity


About 25 international organizations that advocate for freedom of expression, as well as more than 50 journalists and news media outlets, many of whom participated in the 10th Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, signed a petition urging state authorities of Veracruz, as well as the Mexican federal government, to protect the safety of journalists and to solve the nine killings of Veracruz reporters in the last 18 months. The petition was published on Monday, June 18, four days after the killing of reporter Víctor Báez, who was found on Thursday, June 14, in the capital of Veracruz. Read more »


More Mexican reporters flee state of Veracruz after Zetas claim responsibility for killing of latest journalist


Authorities in the Mexican state of Veracruz, the most dangerous place in the country for journalists, reported that the criminal cartel Los Zetas claimed responsibility for the killing of a reporter from the newspaper Milenio, Read more »


Mexican police reporter missing for a week calls radio station to request help


A Mexican journalist who has been missing for a week ago called a radio program on Friday, June 15, to say that she and her two-year-old son were alive and seeking protection from federal authorities, reported Notimex. Read more »


Killing of Mexican police reporter makes nine journalists killed in Veracruz in one year

Another journalist was killed in Veracruz, México; his body was found inside of plastic bags in the early morning of Thursday, June 14, in the city of Xalapa, reported the Associated Process and the weekly Proceso. The search started the night before after the journalist was kidnapped while leaving his office, according to Reuters. It is believed that the journalist was probably a victim of organized crime, reported the newspaper El Economista. Read more »


Mexican states give final approval to federalize crimes against journalists


Mexican state legislators approved a constitutional reform that will allow federal authorities to investigate crimes against journalists, reported the newspaper La Jornada on Thursday, June 7. Read more »


10 years after investigative reporter Tim Lopes was killed, 2012 has become the most dangerous year for journalists in Brazil

Sunday, May 3, marked 10 years since the death of Brazilian investigative journalist Tim Lopes, who was tortured and killed while reporting on a favela, or slum, in Rio de Janeiro. A decade later, 2012 has become the most violent year for Brazilian journalists, according to the newspaper Estado de São Paulo. In just five months, four journalists have been killed for their work. Read more »


IAPA condemns strikers' attacks against Brazilian newspaper headquarters

Brazilian construction workers who have been on strike for several weeks threw stones at the headquarters of the newspaper Diário do Nordeste, in Fortaleza, capital of the Brazilian state of Ceará, in the northeast of Brazil, during the morning of Tuesday, May 29, reported the Portal Imprensa. The workers are on strike protesting a salary adjustment. Read more »



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