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This video recounts the story of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, who works in one of the world's most dangerous places. [View a larger version of the video here.]


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How does one negotiate the choice to stay and report potentially dangerous news, rather than take a less risky assignment, leave the profession, or flee the country? The recipients of the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards explain.
 
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In some Latin American countries, state-owned media are used not only for propaganda but as platforms to smear critics, including journalists. Leaders are building multimedia networks to further their agendas.

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The president promised to defend journalists with a federal protection program, a special prosecutor, and new legislation making anti-press violence a federal crime. He has failed at nearly every turn.


Analysis
Coverage of street protests grows ever risky. The journalist security field also confronts sexual violence, organized crime, and digital vulnerability.


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Imprisoned by Year

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2011

2008


Regional Data

8

Journalists Killed in 2011

84

Journalists In Exile 2001-11



140

Journalists Killed Since 1992

0

Imprisoned on December 1, 2011



94

Unsolved Journalist Murders Since 1992

11

Missing as of December 31, 2011


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Argentina

7 Supreme Court justices ruled unanimously that state advertising must be equitably distributed.

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Brazil

224 Takedown demands made to Google by authorities, the most in the world.

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Colombia

5th Impunity Index ranking, reflecting a high rate of unsolved journalist murders.
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Cuba

18 Journalists forced into exile in 2010-11, the highest tally in the world.

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Ecuador

17 State-run news media, constituting one of the region's largest government networks.
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Guatemala

3 Members of the Zetas arrested for hanging public banners threatening journalists.

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Honduras

7 Attacks by police on journalists covering a tumultuous teacher strike.
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Mexico

3 Journalists killed in direct relation to their work. Another four were slain in unclear circumstances.

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Peru

4 Reporters, editors convicted of criminal defamation. One was jailed for 193 days.
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United States

20 Journalists arrested or assaulted while covering Occupy demonstrations.

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Venezuela

82 Days that a publisher was imprisoned for a piece satirizing the administration.

Country reports in this chapter were researched and written by CPJ Research Associate Sara Rafsky, with reporting by Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría.


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