From November 2-7, to mark PEN International’s PEN Protest/Day of the Dead Campaign and the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, more than 11 countries and PEN Centres in Latin America will remember journalists killed in the exercise of their profession and take action to end the impunity for crimes committed against journalists.
In a special video by PEN International, acclaimed writers and artists Elena Poniatowska, Carmen Aristegui, Nicolás Celis, Angélica Aragón, Camila Selser and Jennifer Clement will celebrate the life and work of journalists murdered in the region, and call for their crimes to be investigated.
Over the past five years, at least 78 journalists have been killed in 10 countries in Latin America, making it the riskiest region globally in which to practice journalism. 2022 marks the deadliest year for journalists in the region since 1998.
November 2: PEN International launches its annual PEN Protest/Day of the Dead campaign, to commemorate journalists killed across Latin America in retaliation for their work, and end the impunity for crimes committed against journalists.
From November 2-7 2022, journalists, writers and PEN Centres in Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Guatemala, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Haiti and Puerto Rico, as well as those in exile, will call on Latin American governments to ensure an end to the persecution of journalists, shed light on the crimes against them, and strengthen protection mechanisms to end impunity. PEN Centres across Latin America will take action to remember journalists killed because of their profession, and call for the free exercise of reporting, altars, dissent and opinion, through in-person and online activities such as altars, poetry recitals, panel discussions, musical performances, and social media actions, among others.
The highlight of this campaign is a video produced by PEN International to celebrate the life and work of journalists murdered in the region and call for justice. Released on November 2 – the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists- the video will feature journalist, writer, 2014 Cervantes Prize Laureate and PEN International Vice President Elena Poniatowska; prominent journalist Carmen Ar
2022 marks the deadliest year for the press in the last three decades, with Mexico being the country with the highest number of recorded murders, according to Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP). At least 78 journalists were killed in connection with their professional work in Latin America from 2018 to 2022, as confirmed by PEN International. Today, more than 90% of the investigations into these crimes remain unpunished.
For more information, please contact Alicia Quiñones, Americas Programme Coordinator, at PEN International, email: alicia.quinones@pen-