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From the Communiqué

10 June 2009


Journalist killed by unidentified assailant

TV reporter Marco Antonio Estrada was shot down in Chiquimula, Guatemala just as he was stepping off his motorcycle on 8 June, report the Journalists' Observatory of the Centro de Reportes Informativos sobre Guatemala (CERIGUA), the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
8 April 2009



IFEX members have expressed outrage at the murder of two journalists in Guatemala and Honduras this week, countries "plagued by an overall lack of safety", said the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).
4 February 2009



IFEX members and participants in the "Regional meeting of Latin American freedom of expression organisations" organised by the IFEX Clearing House, issued a press statement appealing to the Guatemala government to work with civil society organisations to guarantee the protection of journalists, whose lives are increasingly under threat by drug cartels and organized criminals.
14 January 2009



2008 was not a good year for press freedom in Honduras. Despite the passage of the much anticipated Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information, public institutions are not abiding by it, says an investigation by the Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), a coalition of journalists and members of civil society that defends and promotes free expression in Honduras.
29 October 2008



A graphic designer for a national daily in Guatemala was killed after being hit in the chest by an arrow fired from a crossbow, report Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Institute for Press and Society (IPYS).
13 May 2008



A newspaper correspondent was gunned down in his home in southern Guatemala just weeks after receiving threats, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).

Campaigns and Advocacy

30 January 2009


Nine IFEX members express concern over freedom of expression situation in Guatemala

(CERIGUA/IFEX) - The following is a 29 January 2009 joint action by nine IFEX members:


NICARAGUA: IAPA criticises shutdown of radio station 25 June 2009 HONDURAS: Journalist threatened in Atlantic coast area 25 June 2009 HONDURAS: Armed men storm online daily's offices 9 June 2009 GUATEMALA: TV reporter shot dead in eastern Guatemala 9 June 2009 GUATEMALA: Journalist threatened; another assaulted by leaders of teachers' union 1 June 2009 EL SALVADOR: Journalists and media outlets call on new government to pass laws and public policies that democratise communication 4 May 2009 PANAMA: IAPA condemns conviction of journalist 1 May 2009 HONDURAS: Second journalist murdered since the beginning of the year 24 April 2009 GUATEMALA: Two suspects detained in murder of journalist Rolando Santis 16 April 2009 GUATEMALA: Television reporter Rolando Santiz murdered, photographer Juan Antonio de León Villatoro wounded 3 April 2009 HONDURAS: Journalist Rafael Munguía Ortiz murdered in San Pedro Sula 2 April 2009 GUATEMALA: Wife of special prosecutor for human rights kidnapped, tortured following publication of report on human rights abuses 1 April 2009 GUATEMALA: Director of CERIGUA warns of possible actions against the organisation 9 March 2009 GUATEMALA: Mayor incites citizens to assault journalists; journalist and camera operator forcibly removed from event celebrating opening of municipal stadium 2 March 2009 GUATEMALA: "elPeriódico" newspaper calls for investigation into government censorship of the press via discriminatory allocation of government advertising 27 February 2009 GUATEMALA: Court orders Argentine government to provide state advertising contracts to "Perfil" newspaper; Guatemalan government suspends all state advertising in print media 18 February 2009 NICARAGUA: IAPA insists justice be upheld in cases of murdered journalists Carlos Guadamuz and María José Bravo 10 February 2009 NICARAGUA: La SIP expresa preocupación por reducción de espacios de libertad de expresión 30 January 2009 GUATEMALA: Government offers letter of regret to family of journalist murdered nearly 30 years ago 16 January 2009 HONDURAS: IAPA concerned over government's plan to create a national news media watchdog group 8 December 2008 NICARAGUA: Radio stations vandalised, TV station vehicles damaged, journalists injured and threatened 20 November 2008 NICARAGUA: Photographers, reporter injured while trying to report on demonstrations; IAPA concerned with continued post-election attacks 18 November 2008 NICARAGUA: Journalist stabbed, beaten in Managua 14 November 2008 GUATEMALA: Human rights activist's house attacked by armed men 10 November 2008 NICARAGUA: Women's rights advocates subjected to official investigations into their work, suffer intimidation from unknown sources 30 October 2008 GUATEMALA: Graphic artist at daily "El Periódico" killed in crossbow attack 27 October 2008 NICARAGUA: RSF concerned about deteriorating state of public freedoms 23 October 2008 NICARAGUA: Police raid NGO's premises, seize documents and computers 21 October 2008 NICARAGUA: Political and judicial harassment of NGOs threatens freedom of expression, says RSF 16 October 2008 GUATEMALA: Journalist who was granted police protection threatened near his home 15 October 2008 GUATEMALA: Congress passes access to information law 26 September 2008 EL SALVADOR: Community radio reporter assaulted by municipal officials 26 September 2008 PANAMA: Judge orders seizure of weekly after story on alleged tax evasion 9 September 2008 NICARAGUA: Journalist claims cancellation of his television programme is due to government pressure 29 August 2008 GUATEMALA: Journalist for "elPeriódico" newspaper followed, threatened; director of same newspaper assaulted, abducted for over ten hours 27 August 2008 : APG urges Congress to pass Access to Information Law 7 August 2008 GUATEMALA: Radio journalist's home fired upon in Cobán 31 July 2008 PANAMA: Columnist barred from leaving the country, ordered to stand trial on criminal defamation charges 29 July 2008 GUATEMALA: Suchitepéquez-based radio journalist receives death threats, dismissed from television programme following pressure from municipality 23 July 2008 GUATEMALA: "Prensa Libre" correspondent in Suchitepéquez threatened with murder by ex-governor 23 July 2008 GUATEMALA: Reporter assaulted by SAAS officer while trying to photograph vice-president's luxurious vehicle 2 July 2008 EL SALVADOR: Gang members sentenced to 35 years for critical journalist's murder; human rights defender questions failure to investigate motives 16 May 2008 GUATEMALA: "Prensa Libre" newspaper journalist murdered in Coatepeque following threats 13 May 2008 GUATEMALA: On World Press Freedom Day, APG calls for an end to abuse of journalists 5 May 2008 GUATEMALA: Townspeople briefly hold journalist captive in Sacuy, beat two journalists in Patzicía 28 April 2008 NICARAGUA: Newspaper editor and managing editor convicted of libel, fined 24 April 2008 HONDURAS: Telemaya journalist, camera operator receive death threats in La Entrada 21 April 2008 GUATEMALA: Security agent uses excessive force to impede journalists from approaching president 18 April 2008 GUATEMALA: Journalists of critical radio station in Jutiapa receive death threat 17 April 2008 GUATEMALA: CERIGUA journalist covering corruption and crime receives threatening phone calls 14 April 2008