January 6, 2012
Last year was one of the most most “challenging and tragic” years for journalists in Latin America, says a review of 2011 by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).
According to its figures, 24 journalists were killed in the Americas - seven in Mexico, five in Honduras, four in Brazil, three in Peru and one each in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Paraguay.
IAPA said: “Together with the impunity surrounding crimes committed in other years and the lack of action on the part of the authorities to deter those who resort to violence a vicious circle has been created that has given rise to high levels of self-censorship.”
It added that governmental attacks on the press – through laws, regulations and lawsuits – are also are threatening press freedom.