EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 34/38/93
7 June 1993
Further information on UA 176/93 (AMR 34/34/93, 28 May 1994) - Fear for Safety
GUATEMALA:11 Journalists under threat of arrest
Amnesty International has received further information about 11 journalists
from the country's main newspapers. UA 176/93 reported that the journalists'
names were said to have appeared on a list of arrest warrants in May, following
measures taken by President Serrano against various target groups. Amnesty
International has learned that although the detention order for the journalists
was apparently issued, due to the state of institutional confusion in the country
at the time, it was not implemented, as it could not be ratified by the courts.
Amnesty International has subsequently learned the names of the 11 journalists
which are as follows: Carmen Aida Ibarra, Haroldo Sánchez, Marta Altolaguirre,
Marco Vinicio Mejía (Diario Siglo XXI); José Eduardo Zarco Bolaños, (Diario
Prensa Libre), Hugo Gordillo (Diario Prensa Libre), General Secretary of the
Social Media Union, Secretario General del Sindicato de Medios de Comunicación
Social); Hugo Arce, Walter Hermosilla (Diario El Gráfico); Ricardo López (Diario
La Hora); Rony Iván Véliz (Reuters correspondent); and Oscar Granados, President
of the National Council for the Defence of Journalists, (Presidente del Consejo
Nacional de Defensa al Periodista).
No further action is required from the Urgent Action Network. Thank you to
all those who sent appeals.