02 February 2024

A murder, assaults, leaks, censorship and a cartoonist in the police crosshairs

Weekly hemispheric press freedom round-up
The press in the Americas again this week mourns the murder of a journalist. Luis Alonso Teruel, a television presenter in the interior of Honduras, was shot to death by several individuals. The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the incident and urged the authorities to investigate the crime.

In Mexico, the personal data of more than 300 journalists who have covered the morning conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was leaked. "This is an act that violates the privacy of the journalists affected and puts their integrity at great risk," said Roberto Rock, president of the IAPA and director of the Mexican portal La Silla Rota.

On the other hand, the Peruvian National Police (PNP) announced that it will file a complaint against the newspaper La República for having published a cartoon that criticizes police personnel. "Carlín", author of the work, assured that "they will not succeed in attacking their freedom of expression".

In Haiti, Radio-Télé Lambi journalist Exavier Charlemagne was shot in the leg while covering a demonstration in the city of Jérémie. In Argentina, journalist Manuel Jove was assaulted during protests against President Javier Milei's new economic reform law.

The communications coordinator of the Prefecture of Chimborazo in Ecuador excluded several journalists from the chat room used for the dissemination of information and as a channel of communication with the entity. The organization Fundamedios said that it "views with concern this attitude" which it explicitly described as censorship.

In Venezuela, the digital media Palpitar Trujillano announced the closure of its headquarters after receiving a series of threats. "We are deeply hurt by this eviction, because the people of Trujillo will not have a place to go to make their complaints," said the director of the media.

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