14 October 2022

IAPA Bot: Another Murder in Honduras and a Scary Banner

A heat map of the Americas with different colors according to the situation in each country.

Miami (Oct. 14) - The third murder of a journalist this year in Honduras added to a tragic list of more than 30 journalists killed in the Americas in 2022.

Most crimes were attributed to drug trafficking and organized crime gangs. It is why the appearance of a banner (similar to those used by drug cartels in Mexico) in Rosario, Argentina, with death threats to local reporters, has aroused fear.

In Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso gave an interview full of disparaging remarks against the press, accusing them of wanting to corner his government. In Peru, the government of Pedro Castillo, charged with corruption, retaliated against the national media by prohibiting him from covering a press conference.

According to a report by the Voces del Sur network, the IAPA Bot's weekly report showed that 160 Nicaraguan journalists had to go into exile in the last four years.

The IAPA Bot is the Inter American Press Association's real-time artificial intelligence monitoring tool. A heat map of the Americas with different colors according to the situation in each country.

In Venezuela, a minister treated the press as a nuisance, and journalists were denied access to the town of Las Tejerías, affected by the mudslide tragedy. In Mexico, three reporters from La Vanguardia were detained by a group of land invaders who forced them to erase images to release them.

The most influential tweet of the week generated 9,127 interactions and was written by @tere_marinovic. The tweet's text is: "A PC councilman invents a kidnapping, and the "fake news" is from the right.

The IAPA Bot is an artificial intelligence tool of the Inter American Press Association that monitors press freedom violations in real-time. It tracks information published in the media, Google News, Twitter, and a selection of stories and complaints. In addition, it contains a heat map that allows observing the press freedom climate in each country, a button to make complaints, and a menu highlighting government leaders' statements, citizens' conversations, and relevant events.

The IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and promoting press freedom and freedom of expression in the Americas. It comprises more than 1,300 publications in the Western Hemisphere. It is based in Miami, Florida, United States.