The arrest of the president of the newspaper elPeriódico of Guatemala, the murder of a journalist in Mexico, and the closing of radio stations in Nicaragua by Daniel Ortega's regime, reflected the profound deterioration of the press freedom in Latin America in the last week.
On the other hand, in Ecuador, El Salvador, and Uruguay, there were some signs of progress in the practice of journalism.
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Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora remains in detention, awaiting trial on charges of money laundering, racketeering, and influence peddling. The international community and the IAPA demanded the journalist's release and due process, fearing that a case may have been fabricated in retaliation for his journalistic work, which stands out for his investigations on corruption cases in the public administration of the present and previous governments.
In Mexico, the scourge of murdered journalists does not cease to worry. Ernesto Méndez, director of the digital media Tu Voz, was murdered by an armed group that broke into a bar he owned. It is the 13th journalist murdered in 2022.
Nicaragua continues to be an iron dictatorship. This week the government continued shutting down media outlets, especially Catholic Church radio stations.
In Cuba this week, journalist Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca was sentenced to five years in prison for calling for free elections. In addition, he was accused of carrying out enemy propaganda. He is in a maximum security prison.
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