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Latin America is second region worldwide with the most murders of journalists in the last five years, according to UNESCO

Between 2014 and 2018, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) recorded 495 murders of journalists around the world, and Latin America and the Caribbean was the second most lethal region for media professionals: 127 of these deaths occurred here, a quarter of the total. Read more »


Mexico and Brazil among countries with highest rates of impunity for crimes against journalists: CPJ

Mexico and Brazil are the only two Latin American nations among a ranking of the 13 countries globally where the killers of journalists most frequently are unpunished, according to the 2019 Global Impunity Index published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »


After 19 years, two former paramilitary members sentenced for abduction, torture and sexual abuse of Colombian journalist


By Silvia Higuera and Teresa Mioli

Two former paramilitary members have been sentenced to a total of 70 years in prison in relation to the abduction, torture and sexual abuse of Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima that happened almost 20 years ago. Read more »


In unprecedented report, government reports 64 communicators killed in last 20 years in Brazil

Between 1995 and 2018, 64 communicators – journalists, broadcasters and bloggers – were murdered in Brazil because of their profession. In half of those cases, those responsible were identified and a complaint was filed by the public prosecutor’s office. However, 16 continue under investigation and seven were closed without being resolved. Read more »


Impunity in crimes against communicators in Brazil mainly reaches cities of country's interior, says Article 19

The impunity of homicides against journalists in Brazil has been increasingly frequent in the interior of the country, according to a recent report from Article 19, "The cycle of silence: impunity in murders of communicators." Read more »


Just 18% of cases of murdered journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean have been reported as resolved: UNESCO

This post has been updated to include information on UNESCO's Observatory of Killed Journalists.

When the murders of journalists are not brought to justice in court, the result is not only injustice for those professionals and their families, but a greater threat to the colleagues they leave behind. Read more »


Mexico, Colombia and Brazil among countries with highest rates of impunity for journalist murders

Mexico, Colombia and Brazil are among the top 14 countries in the world where the murderers of journalists are not punished in court.

The three countries were the only in Latin America to make the 2018 Global Impunity Index created by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Each year, the organization ranks all countries where journalists have been murdered with complete impunity. Read more »


Former military officer and current candidate for mayor of Lima is acquitted in 1988 murder of Peruvian journalist

Former military officer Daniel Urresti, who is running for mayor of Lima on Oct. 7, was acquitted as co-author of the murder of journalist Hugo Bustios in 1988. Read more »


Inter-American Court condemns Colombia for 1998 murder of journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR Court) found the Colombian State responsible for the 1998 murder of journalist Nelson Carvajal Carvajal, and for a failure to guarantee the victim’s right to freedom of expression. Read more »


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