The IAPA once again demanded that the president of Guatemala adhere to the law in the Zamora case

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Alejandro Giammattei once again requested that he urge the Public Ministry to respect due process in the case against the director of El Periódico who has been imprisoned for more than six months

The IAPA once again demanded that the president of Guatemala adhere to the law in the Zamora case

Journalist José Rubén Zamora attends to a court today in Guatemala City (EFE/Esteban Biba)

The Inter-American Press Association (SIP) once again asked the president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, Urge the Public Ministry to “adhere to legality, transparency and due process” in the case against the director of El Periódico, José Rubén Zamora, imprisoned for more than six months.

The IAPA president, Michael Greenspon, and the president of the organization's Freedom of the Press and Information Committee, Carlos Jornet, announced this Wednesday that they have sent a letter to Giammattei denouncing the “irregularities” that they claim to have found in the judicial process open to Zamora.

In addition, they remind him that he committed to guaranteeing freedom of the press and expression when he signed the Declaration of Chapultepec, which establishes that “no media outlet or journalist should be penalized for spreading the truth or formulating criticism or complaints against public power”.

“We regret not having been able to meet with you on our recent mission to Guatemala, to convey our concern about this case, which we understand contravenes inter-American standards on freedom of expression and conditions the free exercise of journalistic activity, as well as citizen law. to find out about matters of public interest”, they say.

Regarding the recent accusations against Zamora's lawyers, they indicate that already during that visit to Guatemala they said that the government should “ end the legal and judicial harassment” of the journalist.

The IAPA once again demanded that the president of Guatemala adhere to the law in the Zamora case

Carlos Jornet, president of the Commission of Freedom of the Press and Information of the Inter-American Press Association (EFE/La Voz del Interior/Facundo Luque)

They also reiterated that “if the Justice does not act independently and is only an instrument of other powers, it will end up inducing self-censorship in other media and journalists who investigate power.”

The IAPA has given follow-up on the Zamora case since he was imprisoned and held interviews with Vice President Guillermo Castillo Reyes, with other officials of the State powers, diplomats, businessmen, dignitaries of the Catholic Church, media directors and journalists, points to a statement.

They also attended a public hearing in the case against Zamora and visited him in jail.

“For our part, and as we expressed in a letter sent to you on August 18, 2022, we will continue to monitor the development of the Zamora case, to ensure that his rights and physical safety are respected, that he has an independent and fair judicial process, and that freedom of the press is guaranteed in the country , fundamental for the existence of a democratic society”.

“We trust that you will honor the commitment assumed seven years ago, by signing the text of the Declaration and ratifying your respect for freedom of expression”, adds the IAPA, a non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and expression in the Americas and made up of more than 1,300 publications in the Western Hemisphere. It is based in Miami (United States).

(With information from EFE)

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