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Violence and impunity biggest press freedom problems in Latin America

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Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, explains how press freedom in Latin America suffers from repressive laws, censorship, lack of access to information and lack of diversity. But the single biggest problem in the region is violence against journalists and the impunity that follows that violence.

Catalina Botero

That's the assessment of Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression of the Organization of American States, who opened a roundtable on the press freedom situation  in the region.

"The impunity is brutal," she says. "the authorities don't see what they don't want to see."

The violence in Latin America is "orchestrated by organised crime that has a very large influence on the state," Ms Botero says. Because of the inability to authorities to prosecute and bring perpetrators to justice, "we require special bodies of investigation."

She said the OAS was trying to fulfill this role, working in Mexico, trying to work in Honduras, and elsewhere.


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Larry Kilman


2011-03-11 04:49

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