Bolivia

Bolivia ranked 110 in Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index

On 30th March 2021, a group of truck drivers abducted, assaulted, and robbed journalist Franklin Guzmán Zambrana. Guzmán, a freelance reporter on assignment for Radio FM Bolivia, was attacked while covering a protest by thousands of coca farmers who had blocked a highway near La Paz, in the Yungas region. Read more

Bolivia ranked 110 in Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index

Human rights organisations concerned about partial justice system in Bolivia

On 18th February 2021, Bolivia legislature approved Supreme Decree 4461, proposed by the current government, which conceded amnesty and pardon to persons deprived of liberty in the context of the political crisis. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Human rights organisations concerned about partial justice system in Bolivia

Bolivia: attacks on journalists continue

On 3rd December 2020, Movimiento Al Socialismo (Movement Toward Socialism - MAS) supporters attacked, pushed and threatened journalists who were covering former president Evo Morales’ return to Bolivia at the El Alto airport. Read more

Bolivia: attacks on journalists continue

Polarisation continues after presidential elections in Bolivia

On 18th October 2020, Luis Arce of Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) was elected president of Bolivia. The vote, which had been twice postponed during the pandemic, was mostly peaceful despite the country’s deep polarisation. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Polarisation continues after presidential elections in Bolivia

Two weeks of barricades in Bolivia after presidential election postponed to October 2020

On 23rd July 2020, the head of Bolivia’s electoral tribunal announced that general elections would be pushed back until 18th October 2020 to ensure the safety of voters as coronavirus cases soared. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Two weeks of barricades in Bolivia after presidential election postponed to October 2020

Bolivian Ombudsperson accused of political bias by government

On 13th July 2020, Bolivia’s interim government published a statement claiming Ombudsperson Nadia Cruz was occupying this office illegally and that, as a result, they would not recognise any actions undertaken by her after April 2019. Read more

Bolivian Ombudsperson accused of political bias by government

Protests repressed and disinformation legislation revoked in Bolivia

At the beginning of June 2020, Bolivia began easing quarantine measures and lifting some restrictions on movement. Local governments were allowed to establish additional measures according to the public health situation in their regions. Read more

Protests repressed and disinformation legislation revoked in Bolivia

Free speech under threat in Bolivia during COVID-19 pandemic

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Bolivian presidential elections scheduled for May 2020 were postponed indefinitely. In mid-March 2020, the country’s interim government declared a nationwide mandatory quarantine. Some of the measures established have been criticised for adopting overly broad language that could be used to restrict freedom of expression. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Free speech under threat in Bolivia during COVID-19 pandemic

Restrictions on freedom of expression in Bolivia

On 14th January 2020, Bolivia’s Asociación Nacional de la Prensa (National Press Association – ANP) denounced that self-styled civilian "resistance groups" have restricted journalistic work in areas of La Paz. These groups have organised vigils in front of the Embassy of Mexico, where many Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) supporters have taken refuge, and at the house of former minister Carlos Romero. Read more

Restrictions on freedom of expression in Bolivia

Violent protests and alleged extrajudicial executions in Bolivia as political crisis escalated

On 10th November 2019, Evo Morales resigned as president of Bolivia, after weeks of unrest over contested general elections at the end of October 2019. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Violent protests and alleged extrajudicial executions in Bolivia as political crisis escalated