The deadliest year for the press in Latin America was 2022

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Washington, (EFE).- This year 2022 has been the deadliest year for the press in Latin America in the past two decades, with 38 journalists murdered in the region.

This was stated on Monday by Paula Roko, coordinator of the Office of the Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), during a meeting with representatives of the media, governments and regulatory agencies in Washington.

“The escalation of violence against journalists is one of the most urgent problems to be solved at the regional level”

Paula Roko, coordinator at the IACHR

Archive image of a press freedom march. EFE/Miguel Gutierrez

Attacks on the press are taking place in an environment where politicians and government officials themselves speak “stigmatisingly” of media professionals, the expert said.

In addition to pointing the finger at the media, the region’s leaders do not sufficiently investigate the murders of journalists: 95% of the crimes committed this year go unpunished, explained Fabián Cardozo, president of the Federation of Latin American Journalists and Caribbean (Fepalc). .

“We need action,” said Cardozo, who called on the Organization of American States (OAS) to demand that nations investigate crimes and prosecute those responsible.

Archive image of press cameramen transmitting the presentation of the report “Freedom of the press and access to public information in El Salvador”, in San Salvador (El Salvador). EFE/Rodrigo Sura

The head of Fepalc cited “the climate of impunity, the advance of organized crime and the permanent repression of those who investigate” as some of the factors of violence against reporters.

For his part, the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, on Monday condemned the attacks on the press and rejected “any direct or indirect form of restriction” on freedom of expression.

“Journalism does not kill, it articulates words, exposes ideas and denounces facts,” Almagro said in his speech at the meeting, organized by the Center for Studies for the Development of Telecommunications and Access to Latin American Information Society (Certal).

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