Alerts   |   Paraguay

Radio journalist gunned down in southeastern Paraguay

New York, August 23, 2007—
Radio reporter Tito Alberto Palma was shot to death Wednesday night at a friend’s house in Paraguay’s southeastern city of Mayor Otaño. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Paraguayan authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and bring all those responsible to justice.

Palma, a reporter for the local radio station Mayor Otaño and correspondent for the Asunción-based Radio Chaco Boreal, was having dinner at a friend’s home when two armed individuals in camouflage broke in at 10:40 p.m., according to press reports and CPJ interviews. Without saying a word, the two assailants began to fire their weapons, the owner of the house, Aparicio Martínez, told local reporters. Palma was shot in the head, neck, arms, and legs, Vicente Paéz, secretary-general of the Paraguayan Journalists Union, told CPJ. Palma’s friend, Wilma Martínez, was shot in the leg and was in stable condition today, according to local press reports.

August 23, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Paraguay

Missing radio journalist found 17 months after vanishing

New York, July 16, 2007—A Paraguayan radio reporter resurfaced last week in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, almost a year and a half after he went missing in northern Paraguay. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the news that Enrique Galeano was found alive, and it called on Paraguayan and Brazilian authorities to fully investigate the case. 

Two Paraguayan journalists discovered Galeano’s whereabouts during their own investigation of the case, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. Galeano told them he had been seized from his home, taken to Brazil, and told to keep silent or his family would be killed. Galeano, who is now seeking asylum in Uruguay, could not be reached by CPJ for comment today; intermediaries said his contact information was not immediately available.

July 16, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Paraguay

Paraguayan journalist threatened after corruption, drug trafficking reports

New York, May 3, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of Paraguayan journalist Oscar Bogado Silva, who has received repeated death threats after reporting on local corruption and drug trafficking.

Bogado, correspondent for the Asunción-based daily Última Hora, told CPJ that unidentified individuals broke into his home in the southern city of Encarnación on April 24. No one was in the house at the time and the assailants did not take anything, but they left every door in the house open, Bogado said. A day later, the journalist received a call at his home phone from an unidentified individual, who warned Bogado that he was being watched.
May 3, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Letters   |   Paraguay

Paraguayan reporter missing for over a year; CPJ seeks urgent investigation

President Duarte Frutos: The Committee to Protect Journalists would like to reiterate its concern about the fate of Enrique Galeano, Paraguayan host of a morning news and music program on the Horqueta-based Radio Azotey, who has been missing for over a year. We urge you to uphold your pledge to thoroughly investigate Galeano's case.

February 8, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Brazil, Paraguay

Attacks on the Press 2006: Brazil

Although freedom of expression is enshrined in Brazil's 1988 constitution, journalists' ability to cover the news was impeded by judges whose legal interpretations effectively restricted the press. During the run-up to the October 1 general election, electoral courts banned media outlets from covering corruption allegations against political candidates.
February 5, 2007 11:41 AM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Paraguay

Attacks on the Press 2006: Paraguay


The death of former dictator Alfredo Stroessner in August triggered a wave of stories about the widespread human rights and press freedom abuses woven into the fabric of Paraguayan history. As today’s journalists reflected on the institutionalized attacks of the past, they confronted different, yet grave dangers of their own. Reporters in isolated regions were at risk in covering drug trafficking and crime, and their colleagues in the capital, Asunción, faced legal harassment when they criticized officials and exposed corruption.
February 5, 2007 11:17 AM ET
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