The imprisonment of José Rubén Zamora is becoming an unavoidable imperative for the new government of Bernardo Arévalo.
Guatemala: new president Bernardo Arévalo must act quickly to stop the criminalisation of journalism
“It is imperative that the police apparatus and executive bodies cease the persecution of journalists and the Guatemalan authorities, without delay, release ‘elPeriódico’ publisher Jose Rubén Zamora.”
Another example of the growing campaign for Zamora’s release, the resolution also calls on the Guatemalan prosecutor’s office not to obstruct the work of journalists.
Guatemala: RSF welcomes court decision overturning conviction of ‘elPeriodico’ publisher Jose Rubén Zamora, but calls for his immediate release
A Guatemalan appeals court has overturned the six-year prison sentence imposed in June. It is more urgent than ever that Zamora, who has already been detained for more than a year, is released without further delay.
Report on Findings of the International Mission on Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Guatemala
Last May, eight international organisations, with the support of two networks advocating for freedom of expression and the press, visited Guatemala to understand the situation ahead of the general elections.
The mission revealed the stigmatization, criminalization, and judicialisation of journalists and communicators in the country.
Guatemala: The imprisonment of José Rubén Zamora is an attack on the press and a bellwether for democracy
Fourteen organizations call for justice in Zamora’s case and respect for the rule of law
“This cruel persecution must stop now. We deplore José Rubén Zamora’s six-year prison sentence and the mistreatment to which he has been subjected, and we are very concerned about his state of health.”
The malice of the Guatemalan government against freedom of the press is once again in evidence with the request for 40 years in prison for journalist José Rubén Zamora.
“The decision of the ‘elPeriódico’ newspaper to cease publication is the result of the President Alejandro Giammattei administration’s judicial and financial harassment of the outlet’s founder, José Rubén Zamora, and its journalists for their critical reporting on corruption”.
“The real target of ‘El Periódico’ owner José Rubén Zamora’s trial is independent journalism and the more than 150 reports that his newspaper has published about government corruption in Guatemala.”
“The judicial harassment of the newspaper ‘El Periódico’ must stop and its publisher must be released.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Guatemalan authorities to stop any investigation of columnists and employees of ‘elPeriódico’ newspaper, release its president José Rubén Zamora unconditionally, and allow the newspaper’s staff to work freely.
When police arrested José Rubén Zamora in July 2022, it marked the latest salvo in a decades-long campaign of harassment against the pioneering Guatemalan investigative journalist.