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Topic “impunity”

U.S. deports man convicted in murder of Colombian journalist Orlando Sierra

This story has been updated to clarify the initial detention of Fabio López Escobar in the United States.

Almost 15 years to the day when Colombian journalist Orlando Sierra was fatally shot, another of the men involved in that crime has been deported back to Colombia. Read more »


FLIP documentary depicts the difficulties of practicing journalism in the regional areas of Colombia

For decades, Colombian journalism has been a direct victim of the violence generated by the country’s armed conflict that started more than 50 years ago. The signing of the new peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas, endorsed by the country’s Congress on Nov. 30, could mean the end of one of the causes of violent censorship for journalists in Colombia. Read more »


Only 11% of murders of journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean have been resolved in the last decade: Unesco

Of all the reasons that provoke violence against journalists, the most important one is impunity, it is the lack of investigation into the acts of violence and assassinations of journalists,” said Frank La Rue, UNESCO assistant director-general for communication and information, in a video commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, which takes place every Nov. 2. 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 »


Violence against journalists increased in the Americas during 2015: report by the Special Rapporteur of the IACHR

At least 27 journalists and other media workers were murdered in the Americas for reasons that could be tied to their work during 2015. This was documented by the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in their 2015 Annual Report released on March 23. Read more »


First conviction handed down for 2014 murder of Paraguayan journalist Pablo Medina

The driver of a former Paraguayan mayor is the first person to be convicted in the case of the murders of journalist Pablo Medina and his assistant Antonia Almada. His former boss, Vilmar Acosta Marques, is accused of masterminding Medina's murder. Read more »


Prosecutor in Colombia considers 1999 assassination of journalist a “crime of the state”

Almost 17 years after the murder of Colombian journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón, one of the country’s head prosecutors finally identified the killing as a crime of the state due to the participation of members of the Army and the defunct department of intelligence (known as DAS) along with a criminal organization. Read more »


Cases of murdered Guatemalan journalists transferred to special prosecutor on one-year anniversary

The Attorney General of the Public Prosecutor's Office of Guatemala decided to transfer the cases of two journalists murdered in 2015 to the Special Prosecutor Against Impunity (FECI for its initials in Spanish).

Danilo López, correspondent for Prensa Libre, and Federico Salazar, from Radio Nuevo Mundo, were killed on March 10, 2015 in Mazatenango, Suchitepéquez. Read more »


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