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Topic “violence against journalists”

Journalists attacked by police during protest in São Paulo

In a violent action carried out by the military police to disperse protesters in São Paulo during a demonstration against increased transportation fares held on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at least nine media professionals were wounded, according to Abraji (the Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism). Read more »


Mexican journalist brutally attacked in main square in Michoacán state

Mexican journalist Jorge Martínez Castañeda was hospitalized after being brutally beaten while walking with his grandson in the main square of Tacámbaro, in Michoacán state, on Jan. 6. Read more »


After six years of being locked out, journalists are allowed to enter Venezuela's National Assembly

Since 2009, Venezuela's National Assembly chamber had been closed to journalists during sessions. That changed on Jan. 5 when, after a six-year absence, media workers from national and international press outlets were allowed inside to cover the swearing in of members of the country's new legislative body. Read more »


CPJ's list of the deadliest countries for journalists in 2015 includes Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala

Deadly violence against journalists in Latin America has continued to grow this year, with four countries from the region making the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) list of deadliest countries for journalists in 2015. Read more »


Radio host killed in Minas Gerais is 8th journalist killed in Brazil in 2015

Police are investigating the murder of radio host Luiz Manoel Souza, 48, who was killed on Dec. 7 in a rural area of Ubá after being shot by a group of men. The group, at least some of them driving in a truck, first confronted him as he was in his car. The men shot at his car and tires, forcing Souza to flee to a wooded area, which is when he was shot. Read more »


Veracruz journalists denounce alleged police violence and demand the government's protection

A number of Mexican journalists, newspapers and media outlets recently sent a formal declaration to the government of Veracruz denouncing alleged police violence against journalists while they were covering teacher protests on Nov. 21 and 22.

In the document, they condemned the actions of the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP for its acronym in Spanish) and demanded the government guarantee journalists’ physical safety. Read more »


Two journalists killed in Brazil and Colombia; 3 journalists murdered in northeastern Brazil during Nov. 2015

As the end of the year nears, two more journalists were killed in Brazil and Colombia in the past week. Read more »


Blogger killed in northeastern Brazil; second journalist murdered in country in less than a week

Two people on a motorcycle fatally shot 30-year-old Brazilian blogger Ítalo Eduardo Diniz Barros on Nov. 13 in Governador Nunes Freire in Maranhão state. A friend with Diniz was also shot, but survived, according to G1.

Military police confirmed that Diniz had received threats for publications made to his blog, G1 reported. Read more »


Fourth radio journalist killed in Brazil this year; a total of 5 journalists have been killed in the country in 2015

Early in the morning on Nov. 10, an unidentified man shot community radio journalist Israel Gonçalves Silva inside a store in Lagoa de Itaenga in Pernambuco state. The journalist had just dropped his children at school. Reports say the man fled via motorcycle without taking anything. Read more »



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