Today is World Press Freedom Day and, as we mentioned briefly yesterday, Freedom House report found that there is a decline in media freedom throughout Latin America. Several recent incidents in the region appear to prove Freedom House’s assertion.
The disappearances come days after photographer Daniel Martinez Bazaldua was murdered and dismembered in Saltillo. An editorial in Vanguardia, the newspaper Martinez Bazaldua worked for, subsequently blasted local authorities for implying that the victims worked for one of Mexico’s drug gangs.
The Colombian International Press Association condemned the attack on Calderón and expressed their worry over “the security of all journalists nationwide, especially those in high conflict zones.”
Meanwhile, an editorial in Diario Los Andes yesterday blasted the suggestion of Chaco province governor Jorge Capitanich to enact a “press ethics law” on the same day several newspapers reported money-laundering allegations against him.
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RWB said the following on Honduran businessman and political figure M. Facussé Barcum as if he were the one mentioning it:
In June 2010, I had soldiers dispatched to La Voz de Zacate Grande, a community radio station that had been formed a month earlier. The station’s manager, Franklin Meléndez, was injured in a March 2011 shooting attack that was blamed on my militiamen. But the police, who are good sorts, advised him not to file a complaint.
The young freelance journalist Karla Zelaya was kidnapped and tortured in Tegucigalpa in October 2012 after the stupid bitch was warned not to talk about the Aguán. And this Jesuit radio station, Radio Progreso, is still as insolent as ever. Why didn’t the soldiers who “protected” it on the day of the coup just close it down for good? Now, let’s wait for the November 2013 elections. Politicians and media can be bought, can’t they?
We’ll return this weekend to examine several news stories including the post-electoral political crisis in Venezuela and U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.
Video Source– YouTube via manavision (According to the Ecuadorian media, there have been at least 657 attacks against the press over the past five years).
Online Sources - Diario Los Andes; Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas; El Espectador; Terra.com; The State; Hispanically Speaking News; Committee to Protect Journalists; The Latin Americanist; Reporters Without Borders