Paraguay / Americas


Paraguayan soldiers assault, detain journalist Roberto Esquivel

Miami, July 23, 2020 – Paraguayan authorities must thoroughly investigate the detention and assault of journalist Roberto Esquivel and ensure those responsible are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 18, Paraguayan soldiers detained Esquivel, a local freelance journalist, in the city of Bella Vista Norte, near the Brazilian border,…

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A soldier is seen in Asuncion, Paraguay, on April 22, 2020. Two Paraguayan journalists were recently targeted by hackers who stole information from their phones. (AP/Jorge Saenz)

Hackers steal information from 2 journalists covering COVID-19 and corruption in Paraguay

Miami, May 6, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today commended the swift actions by Paraguayan authorities to investigate the hacking of journalists Juan Clari Arias and Jorge Torres’ phones, and urged them to see the investigation to its conclusion and hold those responsible to account.

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Relatives of Brazilian journalist Leo Veras carry his coffin in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay, on February 13, 2020. Veras was killed at his home on February 12. (AP/Marciano Candia)

Brazilian journalist Léo Veras shot and killed in Paraguay

Rio de Janeiro, February 14, 2020 — Authorities in Brazil and Paraguay must work together to promptly and thoroughly investigate the killing of Brazilian journalist Lourenço “Léo” Veras and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A journalist is grabbed by a police officer during protests Asuncion, Paraguay, on July 23, 2019. At least four journalists were injured during the protest, and one was allegedly groped by a demonstrator. (AFP/Norberto Duarte)

Journalists shot with rubber bullets, groped while covering Paraguay protest

Miami, July 25, 2019 — Paraguay authorities should thoroughly investigate attacks against journalists at a protest in Asunción and take measures to ensure that journalists can cover protests without being injured or assaulted, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A Paraguay flag is waved during the 2017 Dakar rally in Asuncion. A draft law in Paraguay is proposing strict social media regulations. (Reuters/Jorge Adorno)

CPJ calls on Paraguay to reject social media regulations

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with more than 20 international and local rights organizations sent a letter to Paraguayan lawmakers on October 25, calling on them to reject a proposed law regulating anonymous online posts during elections.

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Paraguayan journalist Cándido Figueredo Ruiz, pictured in September 2015. A judge signed an order releasing an alleged drug trafficker who threatened to kill Figueredo. (AP/Jorge Saenz)

Paraguayan judge releases drug trafficker who had planned to kill journalist

New York, September 11, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of Paraguayan journalist Cándido Figueredo Ruiz following the release from prison of an alleged drug trafficker who had previously planned to kill him.

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Cándido Figueredo, veteran border-beat reporter for Paraguay's largest newspaper, travels with armed bodyguards on the rare occasions that he leaves the safety of his home. (John Otis)

Police attempt to remove Paraguayan journalist’s security detail

New York, September 8, 2016–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of Cándido Figueredo following an attempt by Paraguayan police to withdraw his security detail.

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CPJ newsletter: November 2015

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CPJ Announces 2015 International Press Freedom Awards

Awardees from Ethiopia, Malaysia, Paraguay, and Syria New York, September 15, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor journalists from Ethiopia, Malaysia, Paraguay, and Syria with the 2015 International Press Freedom Awards. The journalists have endured death threats, physical attacks, legal action, imprisonment, or exile in the course of their work.

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In Pakistan, an unknown gunman shoots a news anchor multiple times. No one is arrested for the crime, though arrest warrants are issued against the journalist–for his reporting.

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