July 15, 2020

At least 17 journalists have been killed in Guatemala since 2015



At least 17 journalists have been killed in Guatemala since 2015, during which time they have suffered a total of 121 physical and verbal attacks, the Human Rights Ombudsman's Office (PDH) revealed today.

The departments in which most attacks have been registered are Guatemala (47), Quetzaltenango (12), Suchitepéquez (11), Alta Verapaz and Quiché (7) each, and Izabal and Escuintla (4), respectively.

Among the most affected media are 46 newspapers, 22 cable companies, 18 commercial radios and 11 television channels, he said.

The Human Rights Ombudsman, Jordán Rodas, expressed his "strong condemnation" of all forms of public and private violence directed against journalists under apparent common delinquency.

Rhodes urged the Ministry of Interior (Interior) in the framework of this commemoration decreed by the United Nations, to investigate these facts to identify, prosecute and prosecute those responsible for intellectual and material attacks against communication professionals.

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