El Salvador

El Salvador

Structural violence and government control

The media are among the many victims of the widespread violence in El Salvador, one of the world’s most dangerous countries. Several journalists have been murdered or physically attacked in recent years. Freedom of information has lost ground under Salvador Sánchez Cerén, who was elected president in 2014 and who has accused the media of waging a “campaign of psychological terror” against his government. Officials harass and threaten journalists who try to investigate corruption or government finances. The President himself violates the rules on access to information.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



58 in 2016

Global score


27.20 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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