Weekly Report - 18 May 2023 (WR-23-20)

GUATEMALA: Major blow to press freedom

After nearly three decades, leading investigative daily elPeriódico has been forced to close its doors in Guatemala. The 15 May announcement that it was ending its online edition, citing “political and economic pressure”, comes less than six months after it stopped its print version, and as its president José Rubén Zamora, an internationally lauded journalist, recently went on trial for crimes including money laundering and influence-trafficking. The charges against Zamora are widely considered trumped-up and politically motivated due to the media’s investigations into government corruption.

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