26 January 2023

Arrests, aggressions and threats everywhere in Latin America

IAPA Bot monitors constant repression of press freedom in the region
This week, the IAPA Bot heat map was tinged with orange tones. Mexico, ranked 17th out of 22 in the Chapultepec Index, was one of the countries that registered the most attacks on press freedom.

Police in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl (Mexico) detained Leslie Pérez, a photojournalist for El Heraldo, while she was taking photos in the municipality. In Tlalnepantla, another police officer was accused of having assaulted a journalist while he was covering the appearance of a corpse in the street. On Tuesday, the UN called for condemnation of the attacks suffered by the Mexican press on a daily basis.

In Peru, attacks on journalists continue during the protests against Dina Boluarte. Since December, more than 90 journalists have been victims of aggressions and at least four reporters were arrested on Saturday in the police assault to the University of San Marcos in Lima.

The journalist of Venezuela's El Nacional, José Gregorio Meza, was detained and interrogated about journalistic publications.

Even countries with good levels of freedom of expression were in the eye of the storm. The Costa Rican Ministry of Health prohibited its personnel from talking to the press and the Constitutional Court declared the measure a violation of freedom of expression. In Paraguay, the director of Radio Cáritas denounced having received threats because of a publication by the media. In Chile, where Felipe Soto, director of Resumen, was convicted of libel for a report on public functions.

IAPA Bot also recorded that, in relation to the media, the most effective conversations used the hashtags '#endimpunity', '#mexico', '#peru', '#25ene' and '#escrutinio'. The most influential actor on the social network was @jimfitznews posting the following message on his account: '