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PAN-AM HIGHWAY.

Murdering Guatemalan journalists, then and now: On the same day a high- level delegation from the Inter American Press Association attended a ceremony renaming a downtown Guatemala City street in memory of journalist Irma Flaquer Azurdia -- whose kidnapping and presumed murder remains unpunished 21 years later -- radio journalist Jorge Mynor Alegria was shot to death near his home in the eastern port city of Puerto Barrios. Paris-based Reporters Without Borders noted that before the Sept. 5 murder, the mayor and another city official had broadcast death threats against Alegria, who reported on alleged corruption by authorities. ... In front of helpless witnesses Sept. 29, a group armed with assault weapons robbed computers, telephones, and the database used by investigative reporters at the Lima, Peru, offices of the Italian news agency ANSA, the National Association of Peruvian Journalists reported. ... Canada's Parliament is close to passing a law that would make it a crime, punishable by up to 14 years in prison, to attack or threaten a journalist covering criminal organizations, the National Post in Toronto reported Oct. 4. The legislation was inspired by last year's shooting attack on Le Journal de Montreal reporter Michel Auger, who angered biker gangs with his coverage. ... Acting on a criminal-defamation complaint filed by Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso, police arrested Ubaldo Davis and Herbert Rattry, managers of La Cascara News, as well as Joel Diaz, a writer at the new satirical weekly. Authorities banned the paper, which had printed a humorous article about the president's alleged romantic involvement with a former government minister, and also charged the three with "threatening state security." ... The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists released a report documenting how Carlos CastaNo's right-wing paramilitary forces in Colombia are responsible for "the murder of at least four journalists, the abduction and rape of one reporter, and threats against many others." It's available at http://www.cpj.org.

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Title Annotation:crimes against journalists in Latin America
Comment:PAN-AM HIGHWAY.(crimes against journalists in Latin America)
Author:Fitzgerald, Mark
Publication:Editor & Publisher
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:0LATI
Date:Oct 15, 2001
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