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.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



118 in 2017

Global score


39.33 in 2017

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