Alerts   |   Costa Rica

Two men convicted in Costa Rica murder

New York, December 20, 2007—Two men were sentenced yesterday to 35 years in prison for the murder of Costa Rican journalist Parmenio Medina, a popular radio host who was shot dead outside his home in July 2001. The Committee to Protect Journalists hails the conviction as a step forward in the fight against impunity.

A court in San José, Costa Rica’s capital, convicted businessman Omar Chaves of ordering Medina’s murder, and gunman Luis Alberto Aguirre Jaime of carrying it out. Father Mínor de Jesús Calvo Aguilar, the other accused mastermind, was acquitted in the murder case but convicted of fraud and sentenced to 15 years in jail. Chaves also got an additional 12-year jail term on the fraud charge. Six other suspects, accused of being intermediaries in the crime, were acquitted.

December 20, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Nicaragua

President's security officers beat journalist at official event

December 19, 2007
Posted January 10, 2008

Jorge Loáisiga, La Prensa

Loáisiga, a reporter for the Managua-based daily La Prensa, was beaten and handcuffed by members of President Daniel Ortega's security personnel while covering an official event in the Nicaraguan capital, according to local press reports.

December 19, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Haiti

Two convicted in Haitian journalist’s murder

New York, December 14, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday’s conviction of two men for the December 2001 murder of Haitian journalist Brignol Lindor.

The court in the western city of Petit-Goâve sentenced to life in prison Jean Rémy Démosthène and Joubert Saint Juste, members of the local political organization “Domi Nan Bwa,” which had ties to former president Jean Bertrand Aristide’s Famni Lavalas party, according to reports in the Haitian press.

December 14, 2007 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Mexico

Reporter killed in central Mexico

New York, December 10, 2007--Mexican reporter Gerardo Israel García Pimentel was assassinated on Saturday as he was entering the hotel where he lived in Uruapan, the second largest city in the central state of Michoacán. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating possible links between García's death and his work as a journalist.

December 10, 2007 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Bolivia

Bolivian media attacked in protests over constitutional reform

New York, November 27, 2007—At least five journalists were beaten by police on Sunday in Bolivia while covering antigovernment protests in which four people were killed and hundreds were injured. The violence occurred in the city of Sucre during protests against the government’s efforts to approve a new constitution, according to international news reports. Violence also flared on Monday in La Paz, where supporters of President Evo Morales harassed journalists and attacked media outlets.

November 27, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Brazil

Radio commentator shot and wounded in Brazil

New York, November 26, 2007—Brazilian radio host João Alckmin, who reports on corruption in eastern São Paulo state, was shot twice on Thursday; he is in stable condition. The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on Brazilian authorities to investigate the attack.  

Alckmin, host of the weekly talk show “Showtime” onlocal Rádio Piratininga, was walking his dog at around 6:30 p.m. in the city of São José dos Campos, 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the state capital of São Paulo, when a man riding a motorcycle approached him, he told CPJ. The assailant shot Alckmin in the neck and abdomen and sped away, according to family members. The journalist was taken to a local hospital, where he had a bullet removed from his neck. Alckmin’s family members who spoke to CPJ said he is in stable condition.

November 26, 2007 12:00 PM ET


Case   |   Colombia

National Police Director links journalist to leftist guerrilla group

NOVEMBER 24, 2007
Posted December 11, 2007

William Parra, Telesur


Gen. Oscar Naranjo, director of the National Police, issued a statement on November 24 asserting that Parra, Colombia correspondent for the Caracas-based regional TV network Telesur, had manipulated information about a police officer who is being held by the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In his statement, Naranjo said authorities were investigating the nature of the relationship between Parra and the FARC.

November 24, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Dominican Republic

Police beat and threaten journalist

November 24, 2007 
Posted January 10, 2008

Noel Encarnación, Freelance, Despierta Ocoa

Police attacked and threatened Encarnación, a freelance photographer and reporter for the radio news show "Despierta Ocoa" (Wake up Ocoa) on local state-owned radio Maniel FM, after he photographed victims of Hurricane Noel in the province of San José de Ocoa in central Dominican Republic, the reporter told CPJ.  
November 24, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Colombia

Journalist receives death threat

NOVEMBER 22, 2007
Posted January 18, 1008

Diro César González, La Tarde

González, director of the Barrancabermeja-based weekly newspaper La Tarde, received a letter mourning his death at his home in the northern province of Santander. In 2006, González had been forced to flee following repeated death threats linked to his reporting on local right-wing paramilitary groups.

November 22, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Case   |   Colombia

COLOMBIA: Journalist threatened with death following reports on corruption

NOVEMBER 22, 2007
Posted December 18, 2007

Feibir Beltrán Luna, Cauca Visón, Cauca Noticias

Beltrán, owner and director of local TV station Cauca Visión and the online daily Cauca Noticias, was threatened with death in the eastern city of Popayán, following reports by the station on local police corruption, the journalist told CPJ.

November 22, 2007 12:00 PM ET


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