Review of the press for January 25, 2022
Our journalism colleagues in Mexico will mobilize nationwide today to call for justice, an end to impunity, and protection for freedom of expression. Guatemala. Honduras. Cuba
A "warrior woman", who was Lourdes Maldonado the journalist murdered in Mexico
A day after the murder of Mexican photojournalist Margarito Martínez on January 17, her colleague, Lourdes Maldonado, had dedicated her entire radio and television program to him as a tribute. "For all of us it was a shock. In the microsecond that he opened the door (of his car) and bent down to leave his material, boom, he was shot in the head. If that's not an execution, I don't know what you would call it. We all ask that his murder not go unpunished," he had said live. Only five days after uttering these words, a few miles away, Maldonado was also murdered in the same city, Tijuana, in the north of the country, the deadliest city for the practice of journalism. Maldonado was aware of the risk she was taking. "I fear for my life," she had said to the face of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a press conference three years ago.
Guatemala sentences 5 former paramilitaries to 30 years for raping indigenous Maya women
Guatemala's highest court has sentenced five former paramilitaries to 30 years in prison for raping dozens of indigenous Mayan women during the country's civil war in the 1980s. The men were members of the so-called Civil Self-Defense Patrols, armed groups formed and supported by the military. The 36 victims ranged in age from 12 to 52 when the crimes occurred, prosecutors said. About 200,000 people were killed or disappeared in the 1960-1996 conflict. Most of them were members of indigenous groups targeted by the army and paramilitaries.
Fears of a political coup in Honduras
Honduras has been thrown into political chaos after the election of two parliamentary presidents before Xiomara Castro takes office on January 28. Luis Redondo was sworn in as president of the Honduran legislature but a second candidate, Jorge Calix, backed by former President Juan Orlando Hernandez's right-wing National Party, was also sworn in in a second ceremony. Castro, who will become Honduras' first female president when she takes office on Thursday, recognized Redondo as the president of the legitimate parliament and invited him to her inauguration ceremony Calix's move, however, threatens to return control of the Honduran parliament to the National and Liberal parties that have controlled the presidency for decades. Fears of a political coup have grown in recent hours. Castro holds 50 of the 128 seats in the Honduran parliament, meaning she needs the support of other parties to govern.
Persecution of Christians in Cuba skyrockets after 2021 protest
Persecution of Christians in Cuba has increased significantly over the past year due to the growing presence of Christian voices in the pro-democracy movement there, Christian aid organization Open Doors has found. Open Doors released its annual World Watch List - a ranking of the worst places in the world to be Christian - last week, and Cuba re-emerged on the list of the top 50 countries where Christians suffer the most persecution last year after two rounds of nationwide protests - one on July 11 and one on Nov. 15 - against communism drew significant support from the island's dissident clergy. Many of the November protests were led by nuns and priests in major metropolitan centers.