El Salvador - Alerts
Jonathan Martínez Castro, a “marero” (gang member), was sentenced by a San Salvador court for the April 2011 murder of Canal 33 cameraman Alfredo Hurtado. His alleged accomplice, Marlon Abrego Rivas, also known as “Gato,” is currently a fugitive.
The editor of the news website El Faro says his staff members have been followed after the site reported on a criminal network involving politicians.
A letter received by the radio station said that the journalists had to leave the Cabañas community before 4 May or they would be killed.
While the reason for Alfredo Hurtado's death is unknown, Canal 33 said his murder could have been linked to his work for the "Teleprensa" programme, mostly covering the police beat.
TEASER: "This verdict marks a victory in the fight against impunity but as an attempt to establish the truth [in the Christian Poveda case], it may have been too hasty," said RSF.
President Mauricio Funes was urged to immediately sign and implement the legislation.
Christian Poveda was one of the few journalists to cover the country's local gangs from the inside.
The arrests of three members of the Mara 18 gang bring the total number of suspects detained to 28.
The threats, first reported on 23 July 2009, have resurfaced days after the recent killing of two environmentalists.
In Honduras, the daughter of journalist Karol Cabrera was murdered after her mother filed formal complaints stating she had received threats.
Three gang members and a police officer suspected of being a gang ally have been arrested in connection with the murder of Christian Poveda.
The body of journalist Christian Poveda, whose new documentary on a Salvadoran street gang was scheduled for wide release, was discovered near the capital.
A thorough investigation should be conducted into the murder of community leader Gustavo Marcelo Rivera Moreno, as well as subsequent threats to others, says Human Rights Watch.
The IAPA called on officials in Bolivia, El Salvador and Venezuela to quickly investigate the acts of violence and intimidation reported in recent days against journalists in those countries.
(AMARC/IFEX) - El Salvador, 3 May 2009 - In the framework of World Press Freedom Day, the Movement for Democratic Communication launched a campaign calling on the government elect, which will take power on 1 June, to implement public policies on information and communication.
(RSF/IFEX) - RSF calls on the police and judicial authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into a 17 September 2008 incident in Huizucar, a municipality near San Salvador, in which Allan Martell, a reporter and producer with Radio Bálsamo ( http://balsamofm.blogspot.com ), a community radio station based in Zaragoza , in the western department of La Libertad, was assaulted and threatened by local officials while making a documentary about water distribution problems. Roberto Gúzman, a member of the Communal Vision Development Association (ADESCOVI), a non-governmental organisation based in Huizucar, was also assaulted.
(PROBIDAD/IFEX) - On 12 May 2008, a San Salvador court convicted three youths - José Alfredo Hernández, José Luis Martínez Mejía and Héctor Adalberto Ortiz Mejía, all of whom are members of criminal street gangs - of aggravated homicide in the killing of journalist Salvador Sánchez Roque in September 2007. The investigation and trial failed to determine the motives for the crime.
(PROBIDAD/IFEX) - In a 17 January 2008 press release, spokespeople for radio station Radio Cadena Mi Gente condemned death threats made against one of the station's main stockholders, William Osmar Chamagua Morataya. The threats were made by telephone, twice to the station and once to his family's home. The last call was received on 16 January. The station's representatives fear that the threats are motivated by the media outlet's critical stance.
(PROBIDAD/IFEX) - Three journalists have been assaulted during clashes between the police and local residents in the Santa Ana department.
(PROBIDAD/IFEX) - On 11 October 2007, the National Civil Police announced the capture of José Alfredo Hernández, suspected murderer of radio journalist Salvador Sánchez Roque, who was killed on 20 September.