Belarusian police block a street during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, on November 1, 2020. In the three months since the presidential vote widely seen as rigged, authorities have detained dozens of journalists. (AP)

Three journalists killed in Mexico in two weeks

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In Mexico, reporter Israel Vázquez was shot and killed in the state of Guanajuato on Monday. He was the third journalist killed in the country in the last two weeks. So far in 2020, Mexico is the deadliest country for journalists with at least four journalists killed in direct relation for their work. Freelancer Lizbeth Hernández spoke to CPJ about the particular risks faced by women journalists in the country while covering feminist protests, including police harassment, intimidation, and arbitrary detention.

Authorities in Belarus continue to arrest and detain journalists during the country’s third month of protests. “The political crisis in Belarus persists and journalists will, rightfully, persist in covering it,” said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Gulnoza Said.

This week, CPJ called on the Council of the Europe to withdraw a proposed draft resolution that calls for authorities across the European Union to have access to encrypted messages as part of investigations into terrorism and organized crime. This could have implications for journalists who rely on encryption to evade surveillance and protect their sources. See CPJ’s factsheet for more about why journalists need encryption.

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Save the date! Join us next Thursday as CPJ and media luminaries come together to celebrate the resiliency of the press at the 30th annual International Press Freedom Awards. During the program, CPJ will honor four journalists from Bangladesh, Iran, Nigeria, and Russia who have persisted despite facing significant legal threats and physical danger. Learn more about their inspiring stories here.

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will receive the 2020 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award, presented by actor Meryl Streep. The virtual celebration, hosted by NBC’s Lester Holt and featuring several documentary-style profiles, will be streamed on news networks around the world at 8 p.m. EST, as well as on and our Twitter and Facebook pages. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #IPFA.

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