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New Guatemalan president must work hard to improve press freedom

March 27, 2020 10:15 AM ET

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...

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

March 27, 2020 10:00 AM ET

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...

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Trust deficit: 'The goal was to silence me'

March 27, 2020 9:59 AM ET

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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Guatemalan journalist Bryan Guerra shot dead in Chiquimula

March 6, 2020 4:15 PM ET

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

September 30, 2019 3:25 PM ET

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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Guatemala elections 2019: Journalist safety kit

May 6, 2019 10:00 AM ET

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...

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Guatemalan minister uses law preventing violence against women to silence critical journalist

July 25, 2018 5:55 PM ET

A Guatemalan judge on July 17, 2018, approved a court order allowing a government official to sue journalist José Rubén Zamora for psychological violence and discrimination, and barring Zamora from writing about the official under a law created to prevent violence against women, according to a CPJ phone interview...

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Journalist, radio worker found dead in Guatemala

February 7, 2018 5:56 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2017--Guatemalan authorities should conduct a swift and credible investigation into the murders of a newspaper journalist and radio station worker, establish motives, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Guatemala arrests lawmaker accused of plotting 2 journalists' murders

January 16, 2018 4:40 PM ET

New York, January 16, 2018--The arrest of a lawmaker accused of plotting the murders of two journalists in 2015 is an important step against impunity in Guatemala, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Guatemalan authorities arrested Congressman Julio Juárez Ramírez, who allegedly ordered the attack that killed Danilo...

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CPJ calls on Guatemala's attorney general to release immediately and drop all charges against Jerson Antonio Xitumul Morales

December 13, 2017 11:57 AM ET

CPJ calls on Guatemala's attorney general to release immediately and drop all charges against Jerson Antonio Xitumul Morales, a journalist currently detained in the province of Izabal.

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