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Mexican journalist Edgar Leyva in hiding after shooting attempt

Mexico City, February 17, 2021 – Mexican authorities must undertake a swift and credible investigation into the attack on reporter Edgar Leyva Mendoza, determine whether he was targeted for his work, and guarantee his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On February 3, in Ocotlán, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, two…

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Former Ecuadorian president threatens, files suit against journalist Dayanna Monroy

Bogotá, February 9, 2021 – Ecuadorian authorities must swiftly and thoroughly investigate threats made to journalist Dayanna Monroy, ensure she has adequate protection, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 27, former Ecuadorian President Abdalá Bucaram Ortiz posted a video to his personal Facebook account in which…

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Journalists Alvarez Destiné and Méus Jeanril shot as police and armed forces disperse protest in Haiti

Miami, February 9, 2021 — Haitian authorities should thoroughly investigate the shootings of journalists Alvarez Destiné and Méus Jeanril, identify those responsible, and hold them to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday afternoon, in the Champs-des-Mars area of Port-au-Prince, the capital, unidentified attackers shot Destiné and Jeanril while they were covering protests calling for…

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Former Mexican governor arrested for role in abuse of journalist Lydia Cacho

Mexico City, February 4, 2020 – Mexican authorities should thoroughly investigate Mario Marín for his alleged connection to the physical abuse in custody of journalist Lydia Cacho, and ensure that all the perpetrators of that crime are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, federal authorities announced that they had arrested…

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Peruvian journalist Erick Osores convicted of criminal defamation, given 1-year suspended prison term

On January 14, 2021, a Peruvian criminal court convicted journalist Erick Iván Osores Patiño of defamation and sentenced him to a one-year suspended prison term, according to news reports and Osores, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app. Osores, a sports reporter for the Lima-based TV stations América Televisión and Canal N, told CPJ that…

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Cuban internet access cut amid free expression protest; journalist harassed

Miami, January 29, 2020 — Cuban authorities should stop disrupting internet access in the country and allow journalists to cover protests freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 27, starting at around 3:30 p.m. internet access was shut down on the island for approximately two hours, according to news reports and several local journalists posting on Twitter. To get…

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Journalist Marilú Capa shot, severely injured in Ecuador

Bogotá, January 25, 2021 – Ecuadorian authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the shooting of radio journalist Marilú Capa and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 8 a.m. on January 19, in the northeastern town of Nueva Loja, an unidentified man entered a restaurant that Capa owns and…

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Trump lit the fuse, but anti-media sentiment among his supporters may outlast him

Joe Biden’s subdued — if heavily guarded — inauguration at the U.S. Capitol was a marked contrast to the events there two weeks prior, when journalists were assaulted, harassed, and had their equipment destroyed by protesters who sought to overturn the election in favor of Donald Trump. Yet with Trump now out of the White House —…

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights orders Colombia to protect journalist Ricardo Calderón

New York, January 20, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to grant precautionary measures to Colombian investigative journalist Ricardo Calderón Villegas, and called on Colombian authorities to take immediate action to ensure his safety. Yesterday, the commission made public a resolution, dated January…

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Argentine municipal government files criminal complaint over journalist’s COVID-19 vaccine reporting

Miami, January 20, 2021— Argentine authorities should drop their criminal complaint against journalist Roberto Carrigall and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 13, the municipality of Quilmes, a city in Buenos Aires province, filed a criminal complaint to a federal court over Carrigall’s reporting on the municipal government’s…

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