Violence and impunity

Elected president in 2016, Jimmy Morales has subjected critical journalists to constant attack, generating a climate of tension and self-censorship. At the same time, organized crime and impunity are major problems in Guatemala and make reporting extremely delicate. Exposing political or administrative corruption and embezzlement can lead to threats and physical violence. Murders of journalists are still frequent, and Guatemala continues to be one of the Western Hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for the media. A national mechanism for the protection of journalists was due to be set up in 2016 but the project has been repeatedly postponed. Media ownership is also very concentrated in Guatemala.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



116 in 2018

Global score


36.17 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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