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From Brazil, where murders spiked, to Ecuador, where repressive laws took effect, the 10 countries where press freedom suffered the most in 2012.


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Deaths by Year

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2012

2009


Regional Data

7

Journalists Killed in 2012

44

Journalists in Exile, 2007-12



149

Journalists Killed Since 1992

1

Imprisoned on December 1, 2012



100

Unsolved Journalist Murders Since 1992

12

Missing as of December 31, 2012


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Argentina

47 Government ads in Clarín outlets in a seven-month period. Thousands were placed in pro-government outlets in the same timeframe.

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Brazil

4 Journalists murdered in 2012, the fourth highest total in the world. Brazil has one of the worst records in combating anti-press violence.

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Colombia

92 Threats made against journalists, the highest rate in at least five years.
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Cuba

9th Most censored nation in the world, according to a CPJ study.

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Ecuador

1 Journalist killed, the first work-related fatality since 2005.
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El Salvador

1 Conviction in a journalist's murder, a victory in the fight against impunity.

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Honduras

3 Shootings that targeted critical journalists. No deaths were reported.
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Mexico

6 News offices attacked with gunfire, explosives, and grenades.

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Peru

2 Journalists convicted on criminal defamation charges.
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United States

6 Prosecutions targeting officials who leaked information to the press.

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Venezuela

1 Critical television station remaining. The station faces a steady stream of fines and regulatory actions.

Country reports in this chapter were researched and written by CPJ Research Associate Sara Rafsky, with reporting by Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría.


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