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In this area are compiled reports that may or may not be linked to the legal proceedings contained in this page, as well as any other information that affects the climate of impunity or justice surrounding crimes against journalists.
2012 - 4 - 4

Miami (April 3, 2012)— The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) expressed satisfaction at yesterday’s ruling by the Inter-American Human Rights Court requiring the government of the Dominican Republic to “establish the truth of the events in question” and “punish those responsible” for the forced disappearance18 years ago of journalist Narciso González Medina.

2012 - 4 - 3

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS), opened an official inquiry into Brazil"s failure to investigate the circumstances of the death of journalist Vladimir Herzog during the period of the military dictatorship, reported the news site G1.

2012 - 4 - 3
Summer Harlow/Journalism in the Americas Blog

Brazilian journalists and international journalism organizations are dismayed that Brazil, along with Cuba, Venezuela, India and Pakistan, decided to block a U.N. plan that would have promoted journalists" safety and helped curb impunity in crimes against journalists, reported the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

2012 - 3 - 13

Miami (March 13, 2012)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today welcomed the passage in the Mexican Senate of an amendment to make crimes against freedom of expression and the right to information federal offenses, calling such approval a significant move ahead for combating the impunity surrounding crimes against journalists in Mexico. IAPA further urged the relevant authorities to take action for the constitutional change to come into effect immediately.

2012 - 2 - 14

MIAMI, Florida (February 14, 2012)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today expressed concern at the killing of a second journalist in Brazil in less than a week and publicly urged that country’s president, Dilma Roussef, to make every effort to have a special jurisdiction created to deal with crimes against journalists and special agencies at the federal level to protect reporters and news photographers at risk.

2012 - 2 - 10

MIAMI, Florida (February 10, 2012)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today voiced anger at the killing of Brazilian journalist Mário Randolfo Marques Lopes and his girlfriend Maria Aparecida Guimarães and called on the authorities to conduct a prompt and in-depth investigation to determine the motive and bring those responsible to justice.

2012 - 2 - 8
Diana Calderón, RRU-Colombia

More than 10 years after the fact Edgar Córdoba Trujillo, a.k.a. Cinco Siete, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for the murder of journalist Álvaro Alonso Escobar on December 23, 2001 at his home in the Colombian town of Fundación. He was shot several times by a hitman.

2012 - 2 - 1

Miami (February 1, 2012)—On the 10th anniversary today of the death of Colombian journalist Orlando Sierra Hernández the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) called on the authorities of the South American nation to finally solve his case so as to bring about the prosecution of those accused of having masterminded his murder and so prevent them from going unpunished.

2012 - 1 - 11
Tania Lara/ZD, Journalism in the Americas Knight Center

After the prime suspect behind the conspiracy to kill a Paraguayan journalist was freed on Dec. 31, 2011, the crime"s perpetrators are now soliciting their own release on Jan. 10, reported the newspaper Vanguardia.

2012 - 1 - 10
Knight Center

The Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas has created a map pinpointing the killings and kidnappings of journalists and attacks on media workers in 2010. It shows how violence has occurred in states throughout Mexico, making the country one of the most dangerous in the world for journalists.

2012 - 1 - 9

Miami (January 9, 2012)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today asked the Mexican authorities to conduct a prompt and exhaustive investigation into the recent death of a reporter in Nuevo León state so as to determine why he was killed, bring those responsible to justice and put an end to the impunity rampant in the country.

2011 - 12 - 30

Miami (December 30, 2011)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today praised eight universities in Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru for the excellence of their research regarding the battle against impunity surrounding crimes against journalists in the Western Hemisphere.

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