Cielo Vista

Journalists decry violence at press association conference in Spain

October 3, 2008

MADRID – Journalists this week decried increasing attacks on reporters that threaten the free press in the Americas.

Eight journalists have been killed during the past six months in Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela. The press also is suffering from increased verbal attacks intended to discredit them, and governments´ withdrawing advertising from media that are critical, according to reports at the 63rd meeting of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) attended by 500 delegates.

Singled out for abusing press freedoms was Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, whose government uses direct and indirect forms of pressure against the news media by encouraging attacks against journalist, bringing court cases against journalists and using government advertising as a way to reward or punish news organizations.

IAPA passed a resolution urging the group´s president to send a special mission to Nicaragua to investigate the freedom of expression there.

On a positive note, however, several countries have approved greater freedom of information laws.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Ballet Festival 2019 part of Costa Rica’s flourishing dance scene
Arts & Culture
19 views
Arts & Culture
19 views

Ballet Festival 2019 part of Costa Rica’s flourishing dance scene

Jacob Spetzler - May 24, 2019

A convergence of international ballet classes, performances and meetings manifests this week in the form of the Costa Rican Festival…

Tico wins gold medal at Para Athletics Grand Prix
Costa Rica
10 views
Costa Rica
10 views

Tico wins gold medal at Para Athletics Grand Prix

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 24, 2019

When Sherman Güity lost part of his left leg after a traffic accident in 2017, he pledged to return to…

USNS Comfort mission to stop in Costa Rica this year
Costa Rica
22 views
Costa Rica
22 views

USNS Comfort mission to stop in Costa Rica this year

Alejandro Zúñiga - May 24, 2019

Costa Rica will receive the USNS Comfort, a United States Navy hospital ship, as part of the vessel's five-month medical…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!