Two BIGGEST ECONOMIES, one continent, one growing problem

Killed for speaking out...


Brazil: Serious crimes against free expression, 2012 Mexico: Serious crimes against free expression, 2012
  • 1 journalist or human rights defender is murdered every four weeks in Brazil because of something they said. For every 1 killed, 4 are attacked.

  • 3/4 of attacks occurred after the victim made allegations about a public body, official, or company.

  • Recommendation: The government must reform Act number 10.446 (2002) to ensure that ministers and prosecutors can order the federal police to overide local authorities and investigate and prosecute Crimes Against Free Expression at the national level.

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  • Violence against journalists and media workers in Mexico increased by more than 20% in a year.

  • New government mechanism to investigate attacks is cosmetic with impunity levels so high that "information black holes" emerging.

  • Recommendation: The President must improve the function of the special prosecutor, who is responsible for the investigation of crimes against freedom of expression. The special prosecutor should work with greater transparency and be more accountable. More funding should be given to the special prosecutor to enable them to do their job effectively.

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Brazil cases

Mexico cases

Brazil: Serious crimes against free expression, 2012Andre Caramante: Forced into exile following death threats
Brazil: Serious crimes against free expression, 2012Mauri Konig: Forced into exile following death threats
Brazil: Serious crimes against free expression, 2012Diego Luiz Berbare Bandeira: Murdered
Mexico: Serious crimes against free expression, 2012Lydia Cacho: Forced into exile
Mexico: Serious crimes against free expression, 2012 Jose Armando Rodriguez Carreon: Murdered
Mexico: Serious crimes against free expression, 2012Regina Martinez: Murdered
Mexico: Serious crimes against free expression, 2012 Jose Antonio Garcia Apac: Disappeared