07 June 2024

Journalists banished, harassed and under constant threat even in jail

The media outlet eP Investiga denounced a possible attempt on the life of journalist José Rubén Zamora, who has been unjustly imprisoned for more than 600 days, forcing security to be tightened at the prison where he is being held. Also, the Zamora family denounced before the Supreme Court Judge Jimi Bremer for alleged malicious delay since he has suspended three times one of the criminal proceedings against him.

In Cuba, journalist Lázaro Yuri Valle Roca, who was imprisoned in June 2021, obtained a humanitarian parole to seek refuge in the United States. The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) welcomed his release and rejected that "as a condition for his release he was forced to leave his country".

In Mexico, Red Rompe el Miedo registered 33 aggressions against the press during the presidential elections, including blockades, alterations of content, intimidation, threats, physical attacks and identity theft. The organization Comunicación e Información de la Mujer (CIMAC) denounced that at least 7 women journalists were victims of these aggressions.

In Colombia, Senator David Luna stated that he had received complaints against government officials who were illegally spying on private WhatsApp communications of politicians and journalists.

Argentine Justice Minister Mariano Cúneo Libarona filed a criminal complaint against journalists Darío Villarruel and Nancy Pazos for alleged "instigation to commit crimes". On Thursday, a federal prosecutor dismissed the complaint against Pazos.

The secretary general of the National College of Journalists (CNP) of Venezuela, Edgar Cárdenas, reported 69 aggressions against the independent press so far in 2024. "We continue in a hostile environment characterized by the closing of radio stations, harassment, threats and arbitrary trials against journalists," he assured.

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