El Salvador

El Salvador

Structural violence and government control

The media are among the victims of the widespread violence and drug trafficking in El Salvador, one of Latin America’s most dangerous countries. El Salvador’s legislation provides the media with little protection, and officials harass and threaten journalists who try to investigate corruption or government finances. Since taking office as president in June 2019, Nayib Bukele has attacked and threatened journalists critical of his government, has blocked many of them on social media, and has used the extremely dangerous tactic of trying to portray the media as an enemy of the people.

in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index



74 in 2020

Global score


29.70 in 2020

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2022
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2022
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2022
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