Guatemala / Americas

Journalists attacked in Guatemala since 1992

  

Indigenous journalist Anastasia Mejía arrested in central Guatemala

Managua, Nicaragua, September 28, 2020 – Guatemalan authorities should immediately release radio journalist Anastasia Mejía, drop the charges against her, and guarantee that journalists can report freely without persecution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 22, the Guatemalan National Civil Police (PNC) arrested journalist Anastasia Mejía Tiriquiz, director of the radio station…

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Guatemalan journalist Francisco Chox attacked by protesters, arrested while covering land dispute

Managua, Nicaragua, June 17, 2020 – Guatemalan authorities should immediately release journalist Francisco Chox and open a thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 11, a group of protesters in the municipality of Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan, in Sololá department, detained Chox while he…

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A police officer is seen in Guatemala City on March 22, 2020. Journalist Carlos Choc's home was recently robbed in southeast Guatemala. (AFP/Johan Ordonez)

Journalist Carlos Choc’s home robbed in southeast Guatemala

Managua, Nicaragua, April 21, 2020 — Guatemalan authorities should immediately investigate the robbery of journalist Carlos Ernesto Choc’s home, determine if it was related to his reporting, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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New Guatemalan president must work hard to improve press freedom

Conditions for journalists fundamentally unsound just as coronavirus hits New York, March 27, 2020 —Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has an opportunity to reverse a longstanding trend of obstruction, legal harassment, orchestrated online attacks, and threats of violence against the press, but it will take an unwavering commitment to overcome the failures of past administrations, the…

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Trust deficit: About This Report

With a new president in office, Guatemala has the opportunity to reverse years of declining press freedom after the country’s journalists endured obstruction, legal harassment, orchestrated online attacks, and threats of violence. To win back trust, the administration will need to make a strong commitment to transparency and provide enough resources to combat impunity in…

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Trust deficit: Guatemala’s new president must overcome skepticism to improve press freedom

With a new president in office, Guatemala has the opportunity to reverse years of declining press freedom after the country’s journalists endured obstruction, legal harassment, orchestrated online attacks, and threats of violence. To win back trust, the administration will need to make a strong commitment to transparency and provide enough resources to combat impunity in…

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Trust deficit: ‘The goal was to silence me’

Prensa Comunitaria knows first-hand the risks of covering environmental issues and powerful economic interests. In August 2017, authorities in the eastern Izabal department issued arrest warrants for seven individuals, including two of the news website’s indigenous journalists: Carlos Choc and Jerson Xitumul Morales.

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Police are seen in Guatemala City on August 31, 2018. Journalist Bryan Guerra was recently shot and killed in Guatemala. (AP/Moises Castillo)

Guatemalan journalist Bryan Guerra shot dead in Chiquimula

New York, March 6, 2020 — Guatemalan authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the killing of journalist Bryan Guerra, determine if it was related to his journalism, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Guatemala City on May 20, 2019. Police in El Estor recently raided the Mayan Xyaab’ Tzuultaq’a radio station. (AP/Moises Castillo)

Police raid Mayan radio station Xyaab’ Tzuultaq’a in eastern Guatemala

Amsterdam, September 30, 2019 — Guatemalan authorities should refrain from conducting raids on news outlets and allow the Xyaab’ Tzuultaq’a radio station to report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A man waves a Guatemalan national flag during a protest in Guatemala City. The country is due to hold presidential and congressional elections in June. (AP/Moises Castillo, File)

Guatemala elections 2019: Journalist safety kit

Guatemala is scheduled to hold presidential and congressional elections on June 16. The Knight Centre for Journalism in the Americas reported increased violence against the press during the country’s 2015 elections. Journalists have told CPJ they are being attacked and harassed, especially online, over their coverage of corruption, or reports on President Jimmy Morales and…

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