Journalists killed in the Americas: the count goes up every week


Already 39 in the last 11 months.


In Ecuador, the body of journalist Henry Vivanco, who had been missing since November 11, was found lifeless and with marks of torture. In Haiti, journalists dressed in white marched in protest for their eight colleagues murdered this year.

The number of journalists murdered in the Americas is increasing weekly; there are already 39 in the last 11 months.

Political prisoners in Nicaragua continue to be held in poor conditions, and their health is deteriorating, including the La Prensa general manager, Juan Lorenzo Holmann.

According to Unesco, in Colombia, impunity reigns against murders and crimes against journalists; only three of 23 cases have resulted in convictions. In Bolivia, something similar is happening; press organizations reported that those responsible for attacks on journalists covering the civic movement are not being investigated or arrested.

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