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Police escort journalist José Rubén Zamora to court in Guatemala City on June 14, 2023.

CPJ urges Guatemalan authorities to release José Rubén Zamora, allow fair trial

Update: A Guatemalan court ordered on May 15 that José Rubén Zamora be released to house arrest to await trial in the first of three cases against him. He was not immediately released as decisions remained pending in the other two cases.  Mexico City, May 14, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls upon Guatemalan authorities…

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CPJ, 8 other groups urge Guatemalan leaders to expand press freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has joined eight other press freedom organizations in urging Guatemala’s leaders to address the concerning decline in the country’s press freedom and its significance for democracy. In a statement issued ahead of the meeting between Guatemala’s President Bernardo Arévalo and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday, March 25, the organizations called on the…

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‘Severe fair trial violations’ reported in José Rubén Zamora’s case

Mexico City, February 5, 2024—A report released Monday by TrialWatch assigned a failing grade to the legal proceedings in the trial of award-winning Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora, citing numerous breaches of international and regional fair-trial standards and concluding that the prosecution and conviction of Zamora are likely retaliatory measures for his investigative journalism. The…

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CPJ urges Guatemalan authorities to ensure a fair trial for José Rubén Zamora in 2024

São Paulo, November 9, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Guatemalan authorities to respect journalist José Rubén Zamora’s right to a fair trial in his retrial, which a Guatemala court on Monday scheduled for February 5, 2024. “Jose Rubén Zamora has endured detention and punitive legal proceedings simply because he dared to report on…

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Tipping the scales: Journalists’ lawyers face retaliation around the globe

The smears began the day Christian Ulate began representing jailed Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora: tweets accusing the lawyer of being a leftist or questioning his legal credentials. He began to fear he was being surveilled.  Ulate had taken over the case in August 2022 from two other lawyers, Romeo Montoya García and Mario Castañeda,…

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One-year anniversary of José Rubén Zamora’s imprisonment reignites calls for journalist’s release amid deteriorating press freedom in Guatemala

Zamora’s son, civil society organizations seek the journalist’s freedom and respect for the rule of law Washington, D.C., July 27, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reiterated its urgent call for the release of Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora at a press conference on Wednesday marking a year since Zamora’s imprisonment in Guatemala. “José Rubén…

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Guatemala: The imprisonment of José Rubén Zamora is an attack on the press and a bellwether for democracy

14 organizations call for justice in Zamora’s case and respect for the rule of law Over the past year, the government of President Alejandro Giammattei has engaged in desperate attempts to criminalize journalism in Guatemala. Among the lowest points of this campaign has been the imprisonment and sentencing of prominent investigative journalist José Rubén Zamora….

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Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora convicted of money laundering, sentenced to 6 years in prison

Guatemala City, June 14, 2023–In response to the Wednesday, June 14, conviction of Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora on money laundering charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement of condemnation: “The shameful conviction and imprisonment of Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora serve as a stark testament to the erosion of freedom of…

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Guatemalan newspaper elPeriódico closes under government pressure

New York, May 15, 2023—In response to the announcement that the independent Guatemalan newspaper elPeriódico would cease online publication on Monday, May 15, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “The decision of the elPeriódico newspaper to cease publication is the result of the President Alejandro Giammattei administration’s judicial and financial harassment of…

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CPJ calls for Guatemala to halt investigation into elPeriódico journalists

Guatemala City, February 28, 2023 – The Committee to Protect Journalists on Tuesday called on Guatemalan authorities to stop any investigation of columnists and employees of elPeriódico newspaper, release its president José Rubén Zamora unconditionally, and allow the newspaper’s staff to work freely. Judge Jimi Bremer, acting on a request by prosecutor Cinthya Monterroso of…

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