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Guatemala: concerns about democratic backsliding grow as elPeriódico’s president and financial manager arrested

On 29th July 2022, journalist José Rubén Zamora, president and founder of newspaper elPeriódico, was arrested by police as part of an investigation for alleged extortion, money laundering and influence peddling. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Guatemala: concerns about democratic backsliding grow as elPeriódico’s president and financial manager arrested

Nicaragua: closure of CSOs, community radio stations, and television cable channel

The repression and persecution of civil society organisations, religious groups, and independent press continues unabated. In recent months, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were particularly targeted. Church representatives who attempted to mediate dialogues between the government and opposition in 2018 have been branded as “terrorists” by President Daniel Ortega. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: closure of CSOs, community radio stations, and television cable channel

Argentina: Journalists harassed and threatened

On 6th May 2022, three journalists working in Rosario, Santa Fe were threatened by a member of a criminal network linked to narcotrafficking. Lorena Verdún, widow of the former leader of the network Los Monos, wrote a letter accusing journalists of being responsible for deaths and corruption in the city. Read more

Argentina: Journalists harassed and threatened

Journalists under siege as authorities escalate assaults, raids and arrests

Authorities escalate attacks on journalists and media outlets as arrests, attacks and raids increase Read more

Journalists under siege as authorities escalate assaults, raids and arrests

Restrictive legislation, criminal cases against the media & bans on protests on Ukraine

The government pushed ahead with the implementation of a law claimed to be aimed at countering the spread of ‘’false’’ information on the internet and put forward a draft anti-extremism law containing vague wording. Critics fear that both of these laws might be used to unduly restrict freedom of expression. Decision makers and pro-government activists made new calls for designating foreign funded NGOs and media as ‘’foreign agents’’ and proposed to renew consideration of controversial draft legislation on this topic previously rejected by parliament. The implementation of a new widely criticised reporting scheme for NGOs began with technical difficulties, as a result of which NGOs were unable to submit reports online -- as required by law -- within the first deadline. Parliament passed new legislation that media organisations have warned will result in public TV and radio channels becoming mouthpieces of the authorities. In an alarming development, several criminal cases were opened against media outlets and journalists in apparent retaliation for their work. While residents continued to actively exercise their right to peacefully assemble on issues of concern to them, local authorities in the capital Bishkek imposed excessive and unlawful restrictions on protests relating to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. Read more

Restrictive legislation, criminal cases against the media & bans on protests on  Ukraine

Ahead of the elections, journalists and media outlets face brutal repression

Suicide bomber assassinates Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, the director of the government-owned Radio Mogadishu; Hirshabelle police in Beledweyne raid local independent radio station Hiiraan Weyn and arrest seven journalists; police officers in the town of Abudwak, in the Galmudug regional state, raid privately owned Sooyal TV and Radio offices; Haramcad police officers (Special Operations Command Battalion) attack a group of journalists reporting a car bombing and gunfire attacks; Read more

Ahead of the elections, journalists and media outlets face brutal repression

Ethiopia: Journalists bear the brunt of declining expression

On 8th December 2021, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released a report ranking Ethiopia as the worst jailers of journalists in Sub-Saharan Africa, tying with Eritrea for this position in 2021. The report highlighted that several journalists had been arrested since the beginning of the war in northern Ethiopia; with a total of 16 jailed journalists at the time of CPJ’s annual census. Read more

Ethiopia: Journalists bear the brunt of declining expression

Uruguay: repression of labour protests based on Law of Urgent Consideration

On 10th December 2021, unionised transportation workers demonstrated in front of the Tres Cruces Bus Terminal in Montevideo, demanding better pay and working conditions amid salary negotiations. The police repressed the protest, firing rubber bullets and injuring at least one worker who was hit multiple times in the leg. Read more

Uruguay: repression of labour protests based on Law of Urgent Consideration