Category : El Salvador

El Salvador: Gang member sentenced to 30 years for cameraman murder

Gang member Jonathan Martínez Castro was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a San Salvador court on 31 May for the murder of Canal 33 cameraman Alfredo Hurtado. Two gunmen shot Hurtado while he was visiting Ilopango, on the outskirts of the Salvadorian capital, on 25 April 2011. Hurtado had often covered gang member arrests, […]

El Salvador: Online newspaper faces government criticism

Last week,  the online newspaper El Faro ran a story on how the Salvadoran government negotiated a truce with criminal gangs, known as “maras”, just before recent midterm elections.  According to El Faro, the recent transfer of dangerous gang leaders from high security prisons to low security facilities was part of the deal. In exchange, […]

El Salvador: President supports bill decriminalising libel

Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes has shown his support for a reform bill to decriminalise defamation, but only if certain changes are implemented. Funes, an ex-journalist, has largely supported the decree to substitute the penalty of imprisonment for crimes against public image and privacy, with monetary fines. But the reform, which was approved by the legislative assembly on 8 September, […]

El Salvador: 11 jailed for filmmaker’s murder

A court in El Salvador has convicted 11 people for the 2009 murder of French journalist and filmmaker Christian Poveda. Two gang leaders were sentenced to 30 years in prison. Two other leaders have been jailed for 20 years, whilst the remaining seven face four years in prison. Poveda had made a film about street […]

Latin America: media reforms spark debate

Opinion on media law reforms has become increasingly polarised says Ángel García Català

El Salvador: suspects arrested in Poveda murder probe

On 10 September four men suspected of killing Franco-Spanish journalist Christian Poveda in El Salvador were arrested. One of suspects is a police officer. The other three are members of Mara 18, a street gang that Poveda filmed for this 2008 documentary La Vida Loca. According to police, the journalist’s murder was ordered by a […]

Death in El Salvador

The killing of documentary maker Christian Poveda in El Salvador represents a sad loss for a region much in need of greater understanding, writes Deborah Bonello

Christian Poveda

Documentary maker found dead in El Salvador

The US: Secrets, lies and legislation

alt informationIn this issue, Index on Censorship magazine explores the myth of the United States as a censorship-free society.

Temptation: This year’s winner of the Erasmus Prize

alt informationIn this issue, Index interviews Vaclav Havel, a playwright who has not seen his work performed in 18 years. His new play, Temptation, is in the issue.

Philippines: The press under Aquino

alt informationIn this issue, Index on Censorship magazine explores the mixed reaction to the Soviet Union's new policy of greater openness and "restructuring" proclaimed by the Gorbachev leadership.

Jaroslav Seifert

alt informationIn this issue, Index takes a look at how the Czechoslovak media pretend that Jaroslav Seifert, Nobel Prize winner, has never been out of favour with the Prague regime.