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Attacks Against Guatemalan Journalists on the Rise

LADB Article ID: 80180
Category/Department: Guatemala
Date: 2017-01-12
By: Louisa Reynolds

The killing of nine journalists in Guatemala in 2016 has raised concern regarding press freedom in the country, especially in areas controlled by drug cartels or by local authorities that resent watchdog reporting.The number of journalists killed doubled in 2016 from 2015, a year in which four murders were reported, leading Guatemalan freedom of expression organization Centro Civitas to describe the current situation in the Central American country as “very serious.” In addition to the killings, cases of harassment and intimidation against Guatemalan journalists are also on the increase. Guatemala ranked 121st out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders in April 2016.According to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), 93 journalists and media staff were killed around the world in 2016. Regionally, the Middle East was the deadliest with 30 killings, followed by the Asia-Pacific region with 28, Latin America with 24, Africa with eight, and Europe with three.

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