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After more than a year on trial, José Rubén Zamora, president of Guatemalan newspaper elPeriódico, was convicted of money laundering and acquitted on blackmail and influence peddling charges on Wednesday. He was sentenced to a six-year prison term and a fine.
“The shameful conviction and imprisonment of Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora serve as a stark testament to the erosion of freedom of speech in the country and the desperate attempts of President Alejandro Giammattei’s government to criminalize journalism,” said Carlos Martínez de la Serna, CPJ’s program director. “[Zamora’s] only ‘crime’ has been the fearless exercise of his profession.”
🔖 Read Martínez de la Serna’s op-ed in El Faro (in Spanish)
- Israel Defense Forces shoot two Palestinian photojournalists with rubber bullets
- Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani detained on undisclosed charges
- Nicaraguan journalist Victor Ticay convicted on treason, false news charges
- Governor of DRC’s Equateur province defies court order allowing Radio Télévision Sarah to reopen
- Liberia’s FrontPageAfrica summoned to defend bribery report or face contempt of court
- South African court prohibits former president’s private prosecution of journalist Karyn Maughan
- Ukraine journalists say opaque accreditation process hampers war coverage
- European Parliament adopts resolution calling on Hong Kong authorities to drop charges against and release Jimmy Lai
- CPJ concerned by India Law Commission’s recommendation to expand sedition law
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in Sydney, Australia, in May 2023. (AP Photo/Dean Lewins)
Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States and meeting with President Joe Biden, CPJ urged the U.S. government to press for an end to India’s media crackdown and for the release of six journalists arbitrarily detained in retaliation for their work.
During a virtual panel discussion with leading Indian journalists convened by CPJ, speakers explained the deterioration of press freedom since Modi came to power in 2014.
Geeta Seshu, founding editor of the Free Speech Collective watchdog group, detailed the rise in censorship and “vicious” attacks on the media, while Shahina K.K., senior editor for Outlook magazine, shared her ongoing battle to fight terrorism charges filed nearly 13 years ago. Meanwhile, Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of the Kashmir Times newspaper, spoke about the “effective silence” Kashmiri journalists have dealt with since Jammu and Kashmir’s special autonomy status was revoked in 2019.
- Digital News Report 2023 — Nic Newman, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
- Nobel laureate Maria Ressa says research by Oxford institute can be used against reporters — Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian
- Their reports about a woman’s death set off a revolt. Iran put them on trial. — Vivian Yee and Leily Nikounazar, New York Times
- Why Israel’s government is attacking its public-broadcasting system — Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker
- The tragic decline of ‘free’ news — Lydia Polgreen, New York Times
- 🎧A citizen journalist in Alabama steps in to serve a news desert — Cori Yonge, NPR’s Up First
- Journalists caught in the crossfire of Sudan’s conflict — Marc Español, The New Arab
So far in 2023…
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