El Salvador

El Salvador

Structural violence and government control

The media are among the victims of the widespread violence in Salvador, one the world’s most dangerous countries. Several journalists have been murdered or physically attacked in recent years. The freedom to inform has steadily lost ground since Salvador Sánchez Cerén’s election as president in 2014. He has accused the media of waging a “campaign of psychological terror” against his government and has himself violated the rules on access to information. Salvador’s legislation provides the media with little protection, and officials harass and threaten journalists who try to investigate corruption or government finances.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



62 in 2017

Global score


27.24 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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