Guatemala

Guatemala

Constant violence and impunity

After President Otto Pérez Molina’s resignation in a corruption scandal, Jimmy Morales’ election in January 2016 raised hopes in Guatemala. The country nonetheless continues to suffer from organized crime and impunity, which makes honest journalism a difficult task. Exposing corruption and embezzlement involving politicians and government officials can lead to threats and physical violence. Journalists are often murdered, and as a result Guatemala continues to be one of the Western Hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for the media. A Program for the Protection of Journalists was supposed to have been launched in 2016 but the project has been postponed.

118
in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+3

121 in 2016

Global score

+1.30

38.03 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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