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Guatemala Court Sentences Journalist José Rubén Zamora to 6 Years in Prison

HeadlineJun 15, 2023

A Guatemalan court on Wednesday convicted prominent journalist José Rubén Zamora of money laundering and sentenced him to six years in prison, in what rights groups have condemned as a trumped-up case and part of a crackdown on press freedom by the right-wing government of President Alejandro Giammattei. Zamora is the founder and president of the investigative newspaper El Periódico and has long reported on Guatemalan government corruption. The newspaper was forced to shut down in May after months of intensifying harassment and persecution. Click here to see our recent interview with José Rubén Zamora’s son.

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