Constant violence and impunity

Alejandro Giammattei, sworn in as Guatemala’s new president in January 2020, inherited an appalling press freedom situation from his predecessor, Jimmy Morales (2016-19), who constantly attacked his media critics, creating a climate of tension and self-censorship by accusing them of spreading fake news and deceiving the people. 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 kept on being postponed. Media ownership is also very concentrated in Guatemala.

in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index



116 in 2019

Global score


35.94 in 2019

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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